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March 27, 2002 - Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin will speak at Aquinas College, as a part of the Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series, on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Student Center Ballroom. Admission is free of charge.

Kumin is a poet in the transcendentalist tradition and has been praised for trying to make sense of the world at a time when many writers reflect chaos and turmoil. She lives in rural New Hampshire and the pastoral serenity of that setting often reveals itself in her work. She has written 11 books of poetry, winning a 1972 Pulitzer Prize for Up Country: Poems of New England. Kumin has written four novels, a short story collection, more than 20 children's books, and four essay compilations. In 2000 she wrote a memoir, Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery, that describes her recuperation from a near-fatal horse-riding accident at the age of 73. She has received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, and the National Council on the Arts. Kumin has been New Hampshire's Poet Laureate and a Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. Her most recent compilation is Always Beginning: Essays on a Life in Poetry (2000).