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Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin, 1925 - 2014

It is thrilling to be celebrating Maxine Kumin as a Jewish women, for although Kumin was determinedly secular, she is for me a quintessential woman of valor, one who was both practical and compassionate, who in her life and her art followed the command “therefore choose life.” Among those of us who have been traveling in her wake for decades, she was and is a model of how to live, as well as how to write, courageously and sanely, with artistic craft and generosity, out of a profound love of our shared life.

Maxine Kumin

Maxine Kumin explored her position as a Jewish woman in the larger Christian culture through her highly acclaimed poetry, and fought to ensure equal representation for minorities in the Academy of American Poets.

Poet Maxine Kumin wins Pulitzer Prize

May 7, 1973

Writer Maxine Kumin won the esteemed award for poetry for her collection "Up Country: Poems of New England."

Poetry in the United States

The contributions of Jewish women poets to American literary history and political activism, as well as to the enrichment of Jewish culture and practice, are astounding.

Maxine Kumin

“Writers are all secret Jews,” declared poet and writer Maxine Kumin in a Massachusetts Review interview in 1975, two years after receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Up Country: Poems of New England.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Maxine Kumin." (Viewed on May 28, 2015) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/18162>.

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