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Mary Kinzie

Born: 1944 in Montgomery, Alabama
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Mary Kinzie on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

A poet's guide to poetry
ISBN: 9780226923062 OCLC: 821560781

In a Poet's Guide to Poetry, Mary Kinzie brings her decades of expertise as poet, critic, and director of the creative writing program at Northwestern University to bear in a comprehensive reference work for any writer wishing to better understand poetry. Detailing the formal concepts of poetry and methods of poetic analysis, she shows how the craft of writing can guide the art of reading programs. Using examples from the major traditions of lyric and meditative poetry in English from the medieval period to the present, Kinzie considers the sounds and rhythms of poetry along with the ideas and thoughts units within poems. Kinzie also shares her own successful classroom tactics that encourages readers to approach a poem as if it were provisional.

A poet's guide to poetry /
ISBN: 0226437396 OCLC: 38355335

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.

  Autumn eros and other poems.
ISBN: 0679747346 OCLC: 232496370

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

California sorrow :
ISBN: 030726680X OCLC: 131069947

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.

California sorrow :
ISBN: 9780307494290 OCLC: 647022973

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2007.

Drift :
ISBN: 0375709908 OCLC: 60572202

Drift :
ISBN: 9780307522160 OCLC: 70769495

Alfred A. Knopf, New York : 2003.

Summers of Vietnam and other poems /
ISBN: 0935296832 OCLC: 19127901

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

The cure of poetry in an age of prose :
ISBN: 0226437353 OCLC: 27146143

The threshold of the year :
ISBN: 0826203612 OCLC: 7925378

University of Missouri Press, Columbia : 1982.