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Maxine Kumin, Consultant in Poetry: A Resource Guide

About Maxine Kumin at the Library of Congress

Maxine Kumin served as the Library of Congress's twenty-fifth Consultant in Poetry from 1981-1982. The links below provide more information about her activities at the Library, including webcasts, recordings, and blog posts.

Maxine Kumin served her term as U.S. Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress from 1981-1982. During her tenure, Kumin initiated a series of women's poetry lunchtime workshops. In each of these, a few Washington-area women poets joined Ms. Kumin in the Poetry Room for lunch and an informal discussion of the group's poems in progress. As a member of the Library's Council of Scholars, Kumin, participated in the symposium on creativity. Shortly after her term, a book of new and selected poems entitled Our Ground Time Here Will Be Brief and Kumin's first collection of short stories, Why Can't We Live Together Like Civilized Human Beings, were published.

Below is a recording of Maxine Kumin delivering her final lecture as Consultant in Poetry in the Coolidge Auditorium on May 4th, 1982.

Library of Congress blog posts about Maxine Kumin.

The Library of Congress Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature features several recordings and webcasts of Maxine Kumin reading her poetry.