People Who Kick BuTs: Mary Oliver
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.
- Mary Oliver is an American poet born in 1935 in Maple Heights, Ohio, a small suburb of Cleveland.
- She began writing poetry when she was fourteen.
When she was seventeen, she visited the home of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay in upper New York state. She became friends with the poet’s sister, Norma, and ended up practically living there for the next six or so years helping Norma out and assisting with organizing the late poet’s papers.
- Mary Oliver has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
The New York Times described her as “far and away, [America’s] best-selling poet”.