Maxine Kumin and High School Prize Winners

 

A Pulitzer Prize winner, former Poet Laureate of the U.S. and of New Hampshire, Maxine Kumin is a quintessential New England poet, known for her “tart and compassionate irony.” Over the last half-century she has amassed an oeuvre that “becomes increasingly unforgettable, indispensable,” claims The New York Times Book Review. She has given readings and workshops in every state in the union but two, and is author of eighteen books, most recently the landmark collection Where I Live. A fearless chronicler of the cycles of life and death she observes on her farm— as The New York Times says, “she finds a way to talk to wildness”—Kumin is just as brave and clear-eyed when focusing her gaze on the political horizon.

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Supported by the New York City Smith Club, in memory of Margaret “Maggie Soule” ’63 and in celebration of her love of life and literature