Mary Oliver (1935-2019) was born in Maple Heights, Ohio. She attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College, without receiving a degree. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage, and Other Poems, was published in 1963. She went on to publish more than fifteen collections of poetry, including five published by in the UK by Bloodaxe: Wild Geese: Selected Poems (2004), Thirst (2007), Red Bird (2008), Evidence (2009) and Swan (2011). Her New and Selected Poems (1992) won the National Book Award; House of Light (1990) won the Christopher Award and the L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award; and she won a Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive (1983). She held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College until 2001, and lived for over forty years in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with her partner Molly Malone Cook, a photographer and gallery owner who acted as her literary agent. Following Cook's death in 2005, she lived mostly in Florida, where she died from cancer at the age of 83.