November 13, 2011
Italian-born poet Rosa Zagnoni married Antonio Marinoni in Brooklyn, New York, on July 30, 1908, and then moved to Fayetteville (Washington County), where her husband was on the faculty of the University of Arkansas (UA). There, Rosa Zagnoni Marinoni quickly became known for her efforts to promote poetry. From 1953 to 1970, the prolific poet served as the poet laureate of Arkansas. Among her many works was Whoo-Whoo the “Howl” of the Ozarks Says: Think and Wink!, published in 1967.