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Carolyn Kizer was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1925. She is the author of
eight books of poetry: Cool Calm & Collected (Copper Canyon Press, 2000); Harping On: Poems 1985-1995 (1996); The Nearness of You: Poems for Men (1986); Yin (1984),
which won the Pulitzer Prize; Mermaids in the Basement: Poems for Women
(1984); Midnight Was My Cry: New and Selected Poems (1971); Knock
Upon Silence (1965); and The Ungrateful Garden (1961). She has also
written Picking and Choosing: Prose on Prose (1995), Proses: Essays
on Poets and Poetry (1994), and Carrying Over: Translations from
Chinese, Urdu, Macedonian, Hebrew and French-African (1986), and edited
100 Great Poems by Women (1995) and The Essential Clare (1992).
In 1959, she founded Poetry Northwest and served as its editor until
1965. From 1966 to 1970, she served as the first Director of the Literature
Program at the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received an American
Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Frost Medal, the John Masefield Memorial
Award, and the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award. She is a former Chancellor of
The Academy of American Poets and lives in Sonoma, California, and Paris.