In 1925, Maxine Kumin was born in Philadelphia. She received her BA and MA from Radcliffe College.
She has published numerous books of poetry, including Where I Live: New & Selected Poems 1990-2010 (W. W. Norton, 2010); Still to Mow (2009); Jack (2003); The Long Marriage (2003); Bringing Together (2003); Connecting the Dots (1996); Looking for Luck (1992), which received the Poets' Prize;
Nurture (1989); The Long Approach (1986); Our
Ground Time Here Will Be Brief (1982);
House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate (1975); and Up Country: Poems
of New England (1972), for which she received the Pulitzer Prize.
She is also the author of a memoir, Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery (W. W. Norton, 2000); four novels; a collection of short stories; more than twenty
children's books; and five books of essays, most recently The Roots of Things: Essays (Northwestern University Press, 2009) and Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry (Copper Canyon Press, 2000).
She has received the Aiken Taylor Award
for Modern Poetry, an American Academy of Arts and Letters award, the Sarah
Joseph Hale Award, the Levinson Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant,
the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize from Poetry, and fellowships
from The Academy of American Poets, and the National Council on the Arts.
She has served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and Poet Laureate
of New Hampshire, and is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She
lives in New Hampshire.