Maxine Kumin was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1925. She is the author of nineteen poetry collections, including Up Country: Poems of New England (1972), which won the Pulitzer Prize; Looking for Luck (1992), winner of the Poets’ Prize; and Where I Live: New and Selected Poems (2011). She also published over twenty children’s books, one memoir, five novels, several books of essays, and a collection of short stories. Kumin’s honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and the National Council on the Arts, as well as the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern Poetry from the Sewanee Review, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the Levinson Prize and the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize from Poetry magazine, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from The Poetry Foundation. She served as the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1981-1982; and, from 1995-1998, she served as the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Kumin taught writing at Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and Tufts University. She died in 2014.
Audio Recordings of Maxine Kumin
- The poet and the mule : Maxine Kumin delivering a lecture
- As a part of Poetry in English at the Library of Congress, Maxine Kumin, Consultant in Poetry, reading her poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Jan. 26, 1981
- Stamping a tiny foot against God some American women poets writing between the two wars : lecture.
- Diane Ackerman and Maxine Kumin reading from their work.
- Alan Dugan and Maxine Kumin reading and discussing their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Oct. 21, 1974.