Grace Noll Crowell was born in Inland, Iowa on October 31, 1877. She graduated with her B.A. from German-English College in 1901 and married Norman H. Crowell the same year. The couple had three children and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1919. She began writing poetry after the birth of her first child and published her first book, White Fire, in 1925. Her work won first prize from the Texas Poetry Society and marked the beginning of a prominent writing career. Crowell's poems focused on homemaking, motherhood, family, holidays, and religious themes. In 1935, she was named Poet Laureate of Texas, and she received an honorary doctorate from Baylor University in 1940. Crowell published more than 35 books, and her work garnered numerous awards and prizes. She died on March 31, 1969, in Dallas.
More information about Grace Noll Crowell can be found in the Grace Noll Crowell papers at The Texas Collection.