Complete poetry of Eliza R. Snow published

Poetess. Prophetess. Priestess. Presidentess. These are all words Jill Mulvay Derr and Karen Lynn Davidson used to describe Eliza R. Snow at an event Friday, Nov. 20, in the Sons of the Utah Pioneers building to celebrate the release of "Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry."

The 1,333-page book was edited by Derr and Davidson -- an intense labor of love. It contains 507 poems, arranged chronologically, spanning from 1825 to 1887.

Poems were drawn from Snow's two published volumes, but the majority are unpublished poems from other sources, such as newspapers and her journals.

"We know that people are going to come forward with new poems," Derr said. "It has (already) happened since it was published."

Snow is known for being a powerful figure in the Mormon canon, having shaped the faces of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations.

"(Snow) was one of the best-known (LDS) women for her intellect, spirituality and leadership," Derr said.

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