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Maxine Kumin, Poet and Author (1925-2014)

Maxine Kumin, a former U.S. poet laureate, was the author of eighteen poetry collections as well as numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. Her awards included the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Poet’s Prize, and the Harvard Arts and Robert Frost medals.

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Poetry

Maxine Kumin is the author of 18 collections of poetry, from her first collection, Halfway, printed in 1961 when she was 36 years old to her final collection, And Short the Season, printed in 2014 after she died at the age of 88.

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Memoir, Essays & Fiction

It seems fitting that Maxine Kumin’s last published work was her memoir, The Pawnbroker’s Daughter (W.W. Norton, 2015), chronicling her life from childhood through advanced age, closing out a prolific writing career in grand style.

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Children’s Books

Maxine Kumin is the author of 25 books for children. She began writing children’s books in 1960, with Sebastian and the Dragon, about a boy who wins a prize for capturing the most unusual animal for a new zoo.


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