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Mary Oliver was born September 10, 1935 and is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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Mary Oliver Biography

Mary Oliver’s poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.” She has received countless distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and continues to influence generations of younger poets, as well as adding to her legions of loyal readers with each eagerly awaited new book.

Mary Oliver was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, then a women’s college. As a young writer, strongly influenced by the work of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, she wrote to the late poet’s sister and was invited to visit. For the next several years Steepletop, the poet’s country house in upper state New York, became her second home. Subsequently Mary Oliver moved to New York City, then visited England for one year. In 1964, she returned to the United States. Over the past two decades she has taught at various colleges and universities Case Western Reserve, Bucknell, Sweet Briar College, the University of Cincinnati, and Bennington College in Vermont.

Mary Oliver is the author of many books of poetry, including No Voyage and Other Poems (1965), The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems (1972), Twelve Moons (1978), American Primitive (1983), Dream Work (1986), House of Light (1990), New and Selected Poems, Volume One (1992), White Pine (1994), West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (1997), The Leaf and the Cloud (2000), What Do We Know (2002), Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays (2003), Why I Wake Early (2004), Blue Iris: Poems and Essays (2004), and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two (2005)), Thirst (2006), Red Bird (2008), The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (2008), and Evidence (2009). She is also the author of Our World, a collection of photos by Molly Malone Cook. Her chapbooks and special editions include The Night Traveler (1978), Sleeping in the Forest (1979), Provincetown (1987), Wild Geese (UK Edition); and her prose books include A Poetry Handbook (1994), Blue Pastures (1995), Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse (1998), Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems (1999), and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004). She was the guest editor for The Best American Essays 2009 (November 2009). Her audio recordings include At Blackwater Pond and Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver (April 2010). Ms. Oliver’s newest book of poetry is Swan (fall 2010).  

Mary Oliver has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize (for American Primitive), the National Book Award for Poetry (for New and Selected Poems Volume One), the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence, and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, among others. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Mary Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

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Upstream: Selected Essays

Upstream: Selected Essays

Dog Songs

Dog Songs

A Thousand Mornings: Poems

A Thousand Mornings: Poems

Evidence: Poems

Evidence: Poems

Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver

Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver

Red Bird: Poems

Red Bird: Poems

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  • What topics does Mary Oliver speak about?

    Mary Oliver is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Creativity Speakers, Influential Women, Inspirational Speakers, Literary, Poetry, Women's Issues.
  • Where does Mary Oliver travel from?

    Mary Oliver generally travels from Provincetown, MA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Mary Oliver’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Mary Oliver for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mary Oliver for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Mary Oliver or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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Mary Oliver was born September 10, 1935 and is an American poet who has won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

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Mary Oliver Biography

Mary Oliver’s poetry, with her lyrical connection to the natural world, has firmly established her in the highest realm of American poets. She is renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, which brings nature into clear focus, transforming the everyday world into a place of magic and discovery. As poet Stanley Kunitz has said, “Mary Oliver’s poetry is fine and deep; it reads like a blessing. Her special gift is to connect us with our sources in the natural world, its beauties and terrors and mysteries and consolations.” She has received countless distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and continues to influence generations of younger poets, as well as adding to her legions of loyal readers with each eagerly awaited new book.

Mary Oliver was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, then a women’s college. As a young writer, strongly influenced by the work of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, she wrote to the late poet’s sister and was invited to visit. For the next several years Steepletop, the poet’s country house in upper state New York, became her second home. Subsequently Mary Oliver moved to New York City, then visited England for one year. In 1964, she returned to the United States. Over the past two decades she has taught at various colleges and universities Case Western Reserve, Bucknell, Sweet Briar College, the University of Cincinnati, and Bennington College in Vermont.

Mary Oliver is the author of many books of poetry, including No Voyage and Other Poems (1965), The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems (1972), Twelve Moons (1978), American Primitive (1983), Dream Work (1986), House of Light (1990), New and Selected Poems, Volume One (1992), White Pine (1994), West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (1997), The Leaf and the Cloud (2000), What Do We Know (2002), Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays (2003), Why I Wake Early (2004), Blue Iris: Poems and Essays (2004), and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two (2005)), Thirst (2006), Red Bird (2008), The Truro Bear and Other Adventures (2008), and Evidence (2009). She is also the author of Our World, a collection of photos by Molly Malone Cook. Her chapbooks and special editions include The Night Traveler (1978), Sleeping in the Forest (1979), Provincetown (1987), Wild Geese (UK Edition); and her prose books include A Poetry Handbook (1994), Blue Pastures (1995), Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse (1998), Winter Hours: Prose, Prose Poems, and Poems (1999), and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings (2004). She was the guest editor for The Best American Essays 2009 (November 2009). Her audio recordings include At Blackwater Pond and Many Miles: Mary Oliver Reads Mary Oliver (April 2010). Ms. Oliver’s newest book of poetry is Swan (fall 2010).  

Mary Oliver has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize (for American Primitive), the National Book Award for Poetry (for New and Selected Poems Volume One), the Lannan Foundation Literary Award, the New England Booksellers Association Award for Literary Excellence, and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award, among others. She has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Mary Oliver lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Mary Oliver Videos

  • Mary Oliver reads a poem from Dog Songs on Vimeo
  • Mary Oliver reading Wild Geese - YouTube

Mary Oliver Books

FAQs on booking Mary Oliver

  • How do I book Mary Oliver to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Mary Oliver for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Mary Oliver, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Mary Oliver or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Mary Oliver

    Speaking fees for Mary Oliver, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Mary Oliver are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Mary Oliver, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Mary Oliver speak about?

    Mary Oliver is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Creativity Speakers, Influential Women, Inspirational Speakers, Literary, Poetry, Women's Issues.
  • Where does Mary Oliver travel from?

    Mary Oliver generally travels from Provincetown, MA, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Mary Oliver’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Mary Oliver for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mary Oliver for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Mary Oliver or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Mary Oliver is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mary Oliver for your event is available upon request. Mary Oliver generally travels from Provincetown, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Linda Ellerbee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mary Oliver for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mary Oliver Speaker Videos

  • Mary Oliver reads a poem from Dog Songs on Vimeo
    Mary Oliver reading Wild Geese - YouTube

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