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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carolyn Kizer is dead at 89
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carolyn Kizer is dead at 89

Carolyn Kizer, who won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her 1985 collection "Yin" and served as the first literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts as well as founding editor of Poetry Northwest, died Thursday in Sonoma, Calif., at 89 of age-related dementia. Kizer’s career was long and fascinating. At 17 she published a poem in the New Yorker (her only poem to appear in that publication, as it turned out), but it wasn’t until the 1950s that, newly divorced and the mother of three young children, she began to study with Stanley Kunitz and Theodore Roethke. “I’m not a formalist,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 2001, “not...

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