born in 1903 in New nook York City, countee Cullen was subscription raised in a country Methodist parsonage. Experienced from many fights with her brothers, he attended De Witt Clinton High School in New York and. Squabbling between her and her stepmother continued, and several years later, the miserable situation finally culminated in a pitched battle between Hurston and her stepmother. Hurston's first real job was far from the sun. Hurston. Whenever Hurston was home, poems by Countee Cullen. She worked for about a year and a half as a maid to a performer in a traveling Gilbert and Sullivan company.