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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Mary Kinzie  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944 in Montgomery, Alabama


-- Mary Kinzie on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=mary+kinzie


Illinois Connection

Since 1979, Mary Kinxie has been head of the undergraduate creative writing program at Northwestern University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Honored as a teacher and critic, Mary Kinzie has published several collections of critical essays as well as poetry. She has an MA from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars and a PhD in English from Johns Hopkins University.Mary has published more than 150 poems in magazines and journals, and has written extensively on contemporary poets in reviews and essays.


Published Works

  • The Threshold of the Year, University of Missouri, 1982
  • Summers of Vietnam and Other Poems, Sheep Meadow, 1990
  • Autumn Eros And Other Poems , Knopf, 1993
  • The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose: Moral Essays on the Poet's Calling , University of Chicago Press, 1993
  • A Poet's Guide to Poetry (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing), University of chicago Press, 1999
  • Drift, Knopf, 2005
  • California Sorrow, Knopf, 2007


Selected Titles At Your Library

The threshold of the year :
ISBN: 0826203612. OCLC Number:

University of Missouri Press,. Columbia :. 1982.

Summers of Vietnam and other poems /
ISBN: 0935296832. OCLC Number:

Sheep Meadow Press ;. Riverdale-on-Hudson, N.Y. :. ©1990.

Autumn eros and other poems.
ISBN: 0679747346. OCLC Number:

Random House Us,. [Place of publication not identified] :. 1993.

The cure of poetry in an age of prose :
ISBN: 0226437361. OCLC Number:

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A poet's guide to poetry /
ISBN: 0226437396. OCLC Number:

University of Chicago Press,. Chicago :. 1999.

Looks at examples of poetry ranging from medieval to modern, discusses style and mode, and provides exercises for beginning and advanced writers.

Drift :
ISBN: 0375709908. OCLC Number:

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California sorrow :
ISBN: 030726680X. OCLC Number:

Alfred A. Knopf,. New York :. 2007.

A collection of poems in which twentieth-century American poet Mary Kinzie reflects upon the natural world, the damages of time, and human memory.


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