American poet, fiction writer, and children's author whose best-known works include Still to Mow: Poems and Where I Live: New & Selected Poems. She served as United States Poet Laureate from 1981-1982.
She published her debut poetry collection, Halfway, in 1961; a children's book called Follow the Fall and a novel entitled Through Dooms of Love soon followed.
She won both the Eunice Tietjens Memorial Prize for Poetry and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
After graduating from Radcliffe College, she taught English at Tufts University. She married Victor Kumin in 1946; they raised two daughters.
She was friends with fellow poet Anne Sexton.