Mary Oliver’s poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, bringing nature into clear focus. Her work has been described as an antidote to “inattention and the baroque conventions of our social and professional lives.” (The Harvard Review) Among her countless distinctions are the Pulitzer Prize (for American Primitive) and the National Book Award (for New and Selected Poems Volume One). Over the past two decades she has taught at various colleges and universities. The Ohio native now resides in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and Hobe Sound, Florida.