Carolyn Kizer

1925–2014
Carolyn Kizer

Carolyn Kizer has had a remarkably full and varied life in literature. Born in Spokane, she studied poetry with Theodore Roethke at the University of Washington, founded the literary journal Poetry Northwest, and was the first director of the Literature Program for the National Endowment of the Arts; she taught at numerous institutions, and in 1985 won the Pulitzer Prize for her volume Yin: New Poems. Her warm, accessible, and humorous poems offer shrewd insights into human motivations and behavior.

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