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Mary Kinzie

Professor Emerita of English

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins


Mary Kinzie, poet and critic, M.A. Johns Hopkins University, Writing Seminars (fiction), Ph.D. Johns Hopkins, English. Author of seven poetry collections, including Summers of VietnamAutumn Eros, and California Sorrow (Knopf). Two volumes of critical essays, The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose (Chicago) and The Judge Is Fury (University of Michigan "Poets on Poetry" series), were followed by A Poet's Guide to Poetry (Chicago), a critical handbook on poetry and prosody (2013). Mary was recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, and the Folger Shakespeare Library's O. B. Hardison Poetry Award. During her many years on faculty at Northwestern, she taught poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


American: 20th Century, Creative Writing, Poetry & Poetics


A Poet's Guide to Poetry, 2nd edition
A Poet's Guide to Poetry, 2nd edition (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
California Sorrow
California Sorrow (Knopf, 2007)
Drift: Poems
Drift: Poems (Knopf, 2003)
Ghost Ship: Poems
Ghost Ship: Poems (Knopf, 1996)
Summers of Vietnam and Other Poems
Summers of Vietnam and Other Poems (Sheep Meadow, 1990)
Tales of Arturo Vivante
Tales of Arturo Vivante (Sheep Meadow, 1990)
Threshold of the Year
Threshold of the Year (University of Missouri Press, 1982)
Prose for Borges
Prose for Borges (Northwestern University Press, 1974)