Maxine Kumin, 10th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Maxine Kumin

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



Newport News Room, Webb Center; Mills Godwin Life Sciences Auditorium

Author/Artist Bio

Maxine Kumin has published seven books of poetry, five books of fiction, two collections of essays, and twenty books for children. Her book Up Country was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1973. Former chair of the NEA Literature Panel, she has taught at Tufts, the University of Massachusetts, and Princeton. Currently, she lives and works on her farm in New Hampshire. A profound spiritual connection to the land and to the realm of animals infuses Kumin's work with regenerative energy. Again and again, her poems explore the human role in the continuum, whether destructive or nourishing.

Booklist Poetry: Halfway; The Privilege; The Nightmare Factory; Up Country; House, Bridge, Fountain, Gate; The Retrieval System; Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief; The Long Approach. Fiction: Through Dreams of Love; The Passions of Uxport; The Abduction; The Designated Heir; Why Can't We Live Together Like Civilized Human Beings?. Essays: To Make a Prairie: Essays on Poets, Poetry, and Country Living; In Deep: Country Essays.


Maxine Kumin read from In Deep: Country Essays at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 6, in the Newport News Room, Webb Center.

She also read from her poetry at 8:00 that evening in Mills Godwin Auditorium.


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