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Maxine Kumin: Past American Voice

From: New Letters on the Air
Length: 29:00

We begin the celebration of Women's History Month with a tribute to Maxine Kumin, who died on February 6, 2014 at the age of 88. A former Consultant in Poetry to Library of Congress (now known as the US Poet Laureate), Kumin is best known for her straightforward and unflinching poetic verse that covered a range topics from skinny-dipping with William Wordsworth to her own recovery from a near fatal accident. Compiled from 1980, 1987, and 2002 interviews, with readings from UP COUNTRY to her 21st century book, THE LONG MARRIAGE, reflecting experiences from her then 55 year marriage. Read the full description.

Kuminpav-400_small We begin the celebration of Women's History Month with a tribute to Maxine Kumin, who died on February 6, 2014 at the age of 88. A former Consultant in Poetry to Library of Congress (now known as the US Poet Laureate), Kumin is heralded for her poetry and her dedication to feminism. Associated with her contemporaries Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, and close friend, Anne Sexton, Kumin worked as an essayist, children's author, and fiction writer, but is best known for her straightforward and unflinching poetic verse that covered a range topics from skinny-dipping with William Wordsworth to her own recovery from a near fatal accident. Compiled from 1980, 1987, and 2002 interviews, with readings from UP COUNTRY to her 21st century book, THE LONG MARRIAGE, reflecting experiences from her then 55 year marriage. 

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We begin the celebration of Women's History Month with a tribute to Maxine Kumin, who died on February 6, 2014 at the age of 88. A former Consultant in Poetry to Library of Congress (now known as the US Poet Laureate), Kumin is heralded for her poetry and her dedication to feminism. Associated with her contemporaries Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath, and close friend, Anne Sexton, Kumin worked as an essayist, children's author, and fiction writer, but is best known for her straightforward and unflinching poetic verse that covered a range topics from skinny-dipping with William Wordsworth to her own recovery from a near fatal accident. Compiled from 1980, 1987, and 2002 interviews, with readings from UP COUNTRY to her 21st century book, THE LONG MARRIAGE, reflecting experiences from her then 55 year marriage. 

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Broadcast History

This program originally uplinked to PRSS' Content Depot on February 28, 2014, for delivery to member stations.

Timing and Cues

PROMO: On the next NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR, we honor feminist poet Maxine Kumin who died in February 2014. She began her poetry career in the early 1960s and by 1973 had garnered the Pulitzer Prize for her collection UP COUNTRY. Kumin also served as the Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress, now known as the US Poet Laureate. Her straightforward work faced human issues with dignity and showed her fascination with form. The poetry of the late Maxine Kumin, next time on NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR...

UPLINK DATE: 02/28/2014
PROGRAM LENGTH: 29:00 minutes
INCUE: (music) "Today on NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR..."
OUTCUE: "Thanks for listening to NEW LETTERS ON THE AIR."

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Gymnopedie Kevin MacLeod Classical. Kevin MacLeod Productions 2014 :00
Sapphire Ilse Kevin MacLeod Elegant Piano. Kevin MacLedo 2014 :00
Make a Wish GMP Music Solo Piano Magic. GMP Music 2014 :00
Rest Assured GMP Music Solo Piano Magic. GMP Music 2014 :00

Additional Credits

New Letters on the Air is a production of the quarterly literary magazine, New Letters, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Partial financial support comes from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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