MARY OLIVER Reading, Q&A and Book Signing
Saturday April 9, 2011 – 7:30 pm
U.S. Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz, said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.” Oliver’s evocative and precise imagery brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery.
Mary Oliver’s lyrical connection to the natural world has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. Among her countless distinctions are the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. The New York Times describes her as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”
Mary Oliver is the author of 27 books of poetry, including No Voyage and other Poems (1965), The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems (1972), Twelve Moons (1978), American Primitive (1983), Dream Work (1986), House of Light (1990), New and Selected Poems, Volume One (1992), White Pine (1994), West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (1997), The Leaf and the Cloud (2000), What Do We Know (2002), Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays (2003), Why I Wake Early (2004), Blue Iris: Poems and Essays (2004), New and Selected Poems, Volume Two (2005), Thirst (2006), Red Bird (2008), The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (2008), and Evidence (2009). She is also the author of Our World, a collection of photos by Molly Malone Cook. Her chapbooks and special editions include The Night Traveler (1978), Sleeping in the Forest (1979), Provincetown (1987), Wild Geese (UK Edition); and her prose books include A Poetry Handbook (1994), Blue Pastures (1995), Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse (1998), Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems (1999), and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004). She was the guest editor for The Best American Essays 2009 (November 2009). Her audio recordings include At Blackwater Pond and Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver (April 2010). Ms. Oliver’s newest book of poetry is Swan (fall 2010). She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive (1984) and New and Selected Poems (1992), won of the National Book Award. Over the past two decades, Oliver has taught at Case Western Reserve, Bucknell, Sweet Briar College, the University of Cincinnati and Bennington College in Vermont.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to experience the work of one of America’s most beloved and esteemed poets, to join the Q&A discussion, and have Mary Oliver sign one of her books for you.
Tickets are $15. Order online, or by phone at 561-237-9000, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.