Maxine Kumin, New Hampshire’s Poet Laureate, will present a free public reading Tuesday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Mary Baldwin University’s Hunt Lounge, located in the Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall.
Raised in Philadelphia, Kumin earned her B.A. and M.A. from Radcliffe College. In 1946, she married Victor Kumin; they have two daughters and a son. She studied poetry at the Boston Center for Adult Education, where she befriended Anne Sexton. Kumin taught English from 1958 to1961 and 1965 to1968 at Tufts University; from 1961 to 1963 she was a scholar in residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Independent Study. She has also held appointments as a visiting lecturer and poet in residence at many American colleges and universities. Since 1976, she and her husband have lived on a farm in Warner, New Hampshire.
Kumin has published thirteen volumes of poetry, as well as novels, short stories, and essays on country living. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1973 and has been a poetry consultant for the Library of Congress and Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. In 1995, Kumin became a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets but resigned that post four years later in protest over the board’s reluctance to admit poets of color.
The lecture is part of a week-long visit to Mary Baldwin as the 2001-2002 Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar. The Elizabeth Kirkpatrick Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar program was the vision of the late Mary Baldwin alumna and trustee Liddy Kirkpatrick Doenges and honors her memory. Each year the program brings to campus a distinguished artist or scholar for an extended visit.
As this year’s Doenges Scholar, Kumin will be on Mary Baldwin University’s campus in Staunton November 5-9, 2001, and will return to teach a May Term class April 24 – May 14, 2002.
Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.