RIP Carolyn Kizer, 1925-2014

Portrait Of Carolyn Kizer

Poet, essayist and translator, Carolyn Kizer has died at 89, according to The New York Times. Kizer’s friend and fellow poet, David Rigsbee said her death resulted from “complications of dementia.”

Co-founder of Poetry Northwest, Kizer was educated at Sarah Lawrence and completed graduate work at Columbia University and University of Washington where she studied with the poet Theodore Roethke, according to The Poetry Foundation. 

Kizer is the author of ten collections of poetry including her Pulitzer Prize winning Yin: New Poems (1984). Her most recent collection Cool, Calm, & Collected: Poems 1960-2000 was released in 2001 from Copper Canyon Press.