Mary Kinzie in 2006. Courtesy National Humanities Center.

Mary Kinzie (born 1944) is an American poet and academic.[1]


Kinzie was born in Montgomery, Alabama.[2]

She earned a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1967, and returned there to teach in 1975.

She also earned an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.[1]

She has been head of Northwestern's Undergraduate Creative Writing program since 1979.[2]


She won Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson fellowships to do graduate work at the Free University of Berlin and Johns Hopkins University.

Kinzie won the Folger Shakespeare Library's 2008 O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize, the only major American prize to recognize a poet for teaching as well as writing.[3]



  • The Threshold of the Year. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1982.
  • Masked Women. New York: Sheep Meadow Press, 1990.
  • Summers of Vietnam, and other poems. New York: Sheep Meadow Press, 1990.
  • Autumn Eros, and other poems. New York: Knopf, 1991.
  • Ghost Ship: Poems. New York: Knopf, 1996.
  • Drift: Poems. New York: Knopf. 2005.
  • California Sorrow: Poems. New York: Knopf, 2007.



  • The Little Magazine in America: A modern documentary history (edited with Elliot Anderson). Yonkers, NY: Pushcart, 1978.
Mary Kinzie reads "At the In-N-Out"

Mary Kinzie reads "At the In-N-Out"

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Mary Kinzie b. 1944, Poetry Foundation. Web, Oct. 24, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mary Kinzie,, Academy of American Poets. Web, Oct. 24, 2014.
  3. "About the 2008 O.B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize Winner". The Folger Shakepeare Library. 
  4. Search results = au:Mary Kinzie, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Oct. 24, 2014.

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