By Helene Atwan. In 2003, having miraculously convinced Mary Oliver and her tough-minded agent and partner, Molly Malone Cook, to return to Beacon as a publishing home, Mary, Molly and I hit something of a brick wall. Our shared vision was to publish a second volume of New and Selected Poems (Beacon had published the first volume in 1997, and it had won the National Book Award).
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Q&A with Helene Atwan Photo credit: Bob Kosturko What has been Beacon’s relationship with poetry? For the past decade or more, Beacon’s poetry program, such as it was, focused largely on two key poets we have published over many years,...
A new video illustrates Mary Oliver's dark and beautiful poem "Night and the River," first published in 'Red Bird' and later recorded by Mary Oliver for the CD 'Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver.'
In honor of Poetry Month, here's a collection of poetry you can watch and hear in the poet's own voice. Add your favorites in the comments! Mary Oliver reads "The Summer Day" Mary Oliver reading "Wild Geese" and other poems...
"I have lost as you and / others have possibly lost a // beloved one, / and wonder, where are they now?"
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?"
In celebration of National Poetry Month, Beacon Press is giving you a chance to win autographed copies of Mary Oliver's books.
Mary Oliver asks, "[W]hat is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?"
See Mary Oliver read three of her poems, from an appearance at Emory University earlier this year.
In honor of National Poetry Month, we share this essay by Mary Oliver, which was included in the CD Many Miles: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver. Beacon Press is giving away five signed copies of Mary Oliver's Swan: Poems and...
In honor of National Poetry Month, Beacon Press will give away five signed copies of Mary Oliver's Swan: Poems and Prose Poems.
A rare interview with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
Out now: Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, the twentieth volume from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Mary Oliver. Read the title poem on the Beacon Press website.
Beacon staff returns from a productive and photogenic BookExpo America!
In an essay included in the second audio collection of her work, Mary Oliver reminisces about voices lost to time.
Several weeks ago, in the midst of National Poetry Month, I made an impulsive decision to drive out from Boston to Syracuse, New York, for a poetry reading. Mary Oliver was scheduled to fly from Logan for that reading, but I thought if I offered to intercept her on the connection from Provincetown and drive, it would give us some precious hours to talk and allow me the rare treat of hearing Mary read—an opportunity one should never pass up. Mary graciously accepted the offer of a ride and, as luck almost never has it, it was a beautiful early spring day when we set out for our five hour road trip.
Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, was described by the New York Times as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.” Her poetry collections include Swan; Blue Iris; Why I Wake Early; Thirst; New and Selected Poems,...