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About the Author
Honored as America’s poet laureate from 1981 to 1982, MAXINE KUMIN (1925-2014) was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize as well as the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. In addition to her seventeen poetry collections, novels, and essay collections for adults, she was the author of many children’s books including Oh, Harry!(illustrated by Barry Moser), What Color is Caesar? (illustrated by Alison Friend), Mites to Mastodons (illustrated by Pam Zagarenski), The Microscope (illustrated by Arnold Lobel), When Great-Grandmother Was Young and When Grandmother Was Young (illustrated by Don Almquist) and Follow the Fall, Spring Things, Summer Story, and A Winter Friend(illustrated by Artur Marokvia). Seven Stories Press is re-releasing four of Kumin’s out-of-print children’s books for kids ages 5 to 8, co-written with Anne Sexton: Eggs of Things and More Eggs of Things (illustrated by Leonard Shortall) and Joey and the Birthday Present and The Wizard’s Tears (illustrated by Evaline Ness). Before her death in early 2014, she and her husband lived on a farm in the Mink Hills of Warner, New Hampshire, for 40 years, where they raised horses and enjoyed the companionship of several rescued dogs.