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poet

Mary Oliver, American poet. Recipient Shelley Memorial award, 1970, Alice Fay di Castagnola award, 1973, Cleveland Arts prize for literature, 1979, Achievement award American Academy and Institute Arts and Letters, 1983, Pulitzer prize for poetry, 1984, Christopher award, 1991, L.L. Winship award, 1991, National Book award, 1992, Lannan award, 1998; National Endowment fellow, 1972-1973; Guggenheim fellow, 1980-1981.

Background

Oliver, Mary was born on September 10, 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Edward William and Helen Mary (Vlasak) Oliver.

Education

Student, Ohio State University, 1955—1956. Student, Vassar College, 1956—1957.

Career

Chairman writing department, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, 1972-1973;member writing committee, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, 1984;Banister poet in residence, Sweet Briar College, 1991-1995. William Blackburn visiting professor creative writing Duke U., 1995. Catharine Osgood Foster professor Bennington College, since 1996.

Works

Membership

Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association, Authors Guild.

Connections

father:
Edward William Oliver

mother:
Helen Mary (Vlasak) Oliver