Biographical Interviews

Mike Pride/Concord Monitor Interviews

In 2004-05, Mike Pride, former editor of the Concord Monitor and currently administrator of the Pulitzer Prize, interviewed Maxine Kumin four times at her farm in Warner. He then transcribed, compiled and condensed those interviews into an oral history/biography in her voice. Click here to view/download Mike Pride’s biographical article “In Her Own Words – Being Maxine Kumin.” (PDF format).

The Concord Monitor June 5, 2005, article by Mike Pride “She’s at Home in the Hills.” (PDF format)

Story Preservation Initiative

Maxine’s oral history, recorded by by Mary Kuechenmeister for the Story Preservation Initiative in 2012 at the Kumin home in Warner, NH, can be heard in its entirety by clicking on the links below.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Maxine Kumin’s husband, Victor, was also interviewed by the Story Preservation Initiative. He graduated from Harvard in January of 1943 with a degree in Chemistry. During World War II he was drafted and worked in Los Alamos with a team assembled by J. Robert Oppenheimer to help build the Atomic bomb. The Story Preservation Initiative’s interview with him is entitled “Victor Kumin – One of Oppie’s Boys.” Click here to hear Victor Kumin’s interview.