One benefit of the Internet is that it gives us access to a wide range of interviews with Maxine Kumin conducted by people with a broad interest in her work. Scroll down to learn from Maxine’s own words more about her work in interviews by Chard deNiord and Mike Pride, among others.
2010 Interview with Maxine Kumin by Vermont Poet Laureate Chard deNiord. Read/Download Interview in PDF format.
2010 Interview with Maxine Kumin by Lee Rossi, published in The Pedestal Magazine. Read/Download Interview in PDF format.
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).
2002 interview with Maxine Kumin by Erin Rogers (Atlantic Unbound) after publication of The Long Marriage. Read/Download Interview in 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.
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.
HoCoPoLitSo’s “The Writing Life” with Maxine Kumin and Henry Taylor. Click image to view YouTube video.
2010 Interview with Maxine Kumin at Brockton Society for Poetry in the Arts in Brockton, MA. Click image to view YouTube video.
2010 Kearsarge Valley Magazine interview with Maxine Kumin. Click image to view YouTube video.