Born in 1935 in Ohio, Oliver survived a childhood characterized by abuse and neglect, finding solace in both literature and nature. She found comfort—and her writing voice—during her long walks in the wilderness. And for six decades, her own words shared that solace with countless readers, earning her many awards, including a Pulitzer and a National Book Award.
Hilary Oliver, writing for Adventure Journal, remembers what makes her poetry so special for so many.
“Perhaps the greatest gift a writer could give to a reader is simply to help them notice—to pay attention—that they are alive. If that’s the case, many of us have received a very special gift from Mary Oliver.”