Poet, playwright, screenwriter


Had Rollie Lynn Riggs lived but a few years longer, undoubtedly he would have become a well-known novelist for he had already sold a publisher on his unfinished novel An Affair at Easter, even though it was only two-thirds finished. Like most of his successful writings Riggs was still writing about the southwest.... of the people, places, and times that he knew best.

Lynn Riggs, poet and playwright, was born August 31, 1899 a few miles southwest of Claremore, Oklahoma and passed away in New York City the morning of June 30, 1954.

While in France on a Guggenheim Fellowship, Riggs wrote the play Green Grow the Lilacs. He later thanked the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for making it possible for the play to be written. Oklahoma! is a musical adaptation of Green Grow the Lilacs and in recent months has played in not only cities all over the United States, but also in Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, England, and Arabia.

Whether or not you knew Riggs, you feel that he is talking to you when you read him. And it seems that most of his poems were written about the way he looked at life.
----- William Leo Cundiff (1917-2005) .. nephew of Rollie Lynn Riggs.

Lynn Riggs Memorial

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