Roosevelt alumna Virginia Lee Hines publishes first collection of poetry

Virginia Lee Hines (BA, ’52) has recently had a book of her poetry, Taboos: Poems published by Hidden Valley Farm Publishing.

A retired teacher and longtime resident of Rochester, NY, Hines mentors the talents of other women poets in her community, leading a small poetry workshop WOMAN POET for sixteen  years.

Hines grew up in Chicago. After graduating from Roosevelt, she attended graduate school at DePaul University. She highlights Professor Lorenzo Turner as her favorite teacher at Roosevelt.

She and her late husband, Harold Heftel, volunteered at Settlement Houses and met there. The two married, had two children and three adult Children. Mr. Heftel died in 1997.

At age 84, this Hines’ first book.

For more information about Virginia Lee Hines and Taboos: Poems, please visit her Website at


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