Poet Mary Oliver to Read

The reading is co-sponsored by the Sophia Smith Collection and the Smith College Poetry Center, 7:30 pm, John M. Greene Hall. Read more...

Poet, Mary Oliver

Biography | Online Texts | Internet Resources

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
4-5 pm   Question & Answer
Poetry Center, Wright Hall
7:30 pm   Poetry Reading
John M. Greene Hall (doors open at 6 pm)

Mary Oliver is renowned and beloved for her evocative and precise rendering of the natural world, offering gorgeous as well as disturbing and brutal images. Her many books-26 at present count-are essential to a wide spectrum of readers the world over. Oliver's visit is sponsored by the Poetry Center at Smith College, and the Sophia Smith Collection.

The event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. For more information, please consult the news release on the Smith College website.

Link to past SC Libraries Poetry Center Readings resource pages.

Oliver received the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive. That book was followed by Dream Work, House of Light, and New and Selected Poems, winner of the 1992 National Book Award. New & Selected Poems, Volume Two was issued in 2005. Oliver's most recent collections include Red Bird, an immediate national bestseller upon publication in 2008, and Evidence, just out this year. She has also produced four prose works, Blue Pastures and Winter Hours, a collection of prose, prose poems, and poems, and two books on craft, A Poetry Handbook and Rules for the Dance. In October 2007, Beacon Press published Our World, with text by Oliver accompanying a collection of photos by Molly Malone Cook, her partner for many years, and a pioneer gallery owner and photographer.

Search by author to locate <Oliver, Mary> in the Five College Library Catalog.

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Biography Resource Center
Includes entries from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Poets, and Contemporary Women Poets.

Online Texts

Expanded Academic Index
Search by keyword for <Mary Oliver> to find or link to poems and reviews. Use SC Links  to connect to full text.

Internet Resources

Website Access
Academy of American Poets - biography, links, poems http://www.poets.org/
Poetry Foundation - biography, links, poems (including audio) http://www.poetryfoundation.org
Poetry Connection - 86 poems by Mary Oliver http://www.poetryconnection.net


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