Brown, Ina (1902 - )

Genre: Drama/Theatre/Film, Poetry

Ina Ladd was born in Sebec, Maine to Walter S. and Carolyn Loring Ladd. She was educated at Foxcroft Academy and Shaw Business College in Portland. She was secretary to three chief justices and one associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine. In 1955, she became the personal secretary of John W. Ballou of the firm Mitchell-Ballou. She was married to Harold P. Brown and in the late 1940s co-founded the Bangor Civic Theater, of which she was a past president and active member.

During this time she wrote four plays and also directed, produced, and acted in several productions and was awarded a distinguished service trophy. Brown served three terms as president of the Poetry Fellowship of Maine, twelve years as executive secretary, and two terms as member of Board of Review. Her other positions include vice president of the National League of American Pen Women, Pine Tree Branch; member of Maine Writers Research Club; and member of Radio-TV Women.

Brown published several volumes of poetry. She has been listed in Who's Who in American Women and the International Who's Who in Poetry. Brown has won more contest prizes at the Maine Writers Conference over ten years than any other writer, including the judges' First Prize and the Richard Recchia Award, for her contribution to poetry in Maine. She died in 1985. (Thanks to UNE Maine Women Writers Collection).

Selected Bibliography


  • Dear David
  • Peace and Quiet
  • The Grass is Always Greener
  • Dark Music


  • Merry-Go-Round (1943)
  • Just for Luck (1946)
  • More of the Same (1949)
  • As Time Goes By (1951)
  • Homespun (1959)
  • Leaves on the Wind (1963)

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