Pulitzer Prize-winning poet performs selected readings at Lynn’s Wold Center

Mary Oliver will also participate in a Q&A and sign books for her audience
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet performs selected readings at Lynn’s Wold Center

Published Mar. 15, 2011

In honor of National Poetry Month (April 2011), on April 9, at 7:30 p.m., Lynn University will bring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver to its Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center to perform selected readings of her poems, take questions from the audience and sign books after the performance.

Oliver’s poetry, with its lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She has received countless distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the The New York Times describes her as "far and away, this country's [America's] best-selling poet.”

She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery.

As poet Stanley Kunitz said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.”

According to Jeff Morgan, an associate professor of English in Lynn's College of Liberal Education, “Oliver’s poetry is like a walk in the woods. Her pastoral imagery shines underneath the surface of a vividly detailed natural world with romantic forces that ultimately take us beyond that world into the light of new experience and meaning.”

Oliver has authored many books of poetry, including her first collection, No Voyage and Other Poems (1965); the Pulitzer-prize winning American Primitive (1984) and New and Selected Poems (1992), which won the National Book Award. Over the past two decades she has taught at various colleges and universities – Case Western Reserve, Bucknell, Sweet Briar College, the University of Cincinnati and Bennington College in Vermont.

Mary Oliver’s Wold performance is presented in partnership with the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Tickets are $15. They can be ordered 24/7 online at www.lynn.edu/tickets or by phone at 561-237-9000, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.