Hall Center For The Humanities


Mary Oliver
Award-winning Poet

An Evening with Poet Mary Oliver
Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., May. 5, 2010, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: The Lied Center
The author of 18 collections of poetry, most notably the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Primitive (1983) and New and Selected Poems, Volume One (1992), which garnered a National Book Award, Mary Oliver will share her work and take questions from the audience.

Oliver's lyrical connection to the natural world has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. Her most recent collections are The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (2008), new poems and beloved classics about creatures of all sorts, and Evidence (2009). Red Bird (2008) was an immediate national bestseller.

She has received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence, and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, among others. In 1980, her creativity and skill were recognized with a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Oliver attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, then a women's college. Over the past two decades she has taught at various colleges and universities Case Western Reserve, Bucknell, Sweet Briar College, the University of Cincinnati, and Bennington College in Vermont.
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