Twentieth-century American poet, author, and recipient of the Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships. Her nine poetry series include The actual Light Was Like, Westward, along with a Silence Starts. She grew up in New Providence, Iowa and graduated from Grinnell University before relocating to NEW YORK. She released The Kingfisher, her initial full-length poetry collection, at age sixty-three. She was created into an Iowa Quaker family members. She later trained at numerous colleges, including Amherst University, Smith University, and the faculty of William and Mary. She was raised within the American Midwest, as do Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks.