Welcome to The Writer's Almanac Bookshelf, where you'll find highlighted interviews of poets heard on the show.
Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, in 1935. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, for her collection American Primitive (1983), and has since become one of the best-selling American poets. Among her many honors, she has received an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Achievement Award and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems (2004). Her collection A Thousand Mornings (2012) came out last year, and her upcoming book, Dog Songs (2013), will be released next month. She recently took the time to speak to us from her home in Provincetown, Massachusetts.