Inspired Lives http://nhpr.org en Poet Maxine Kumin Has Died At Age 88 http://nhpr.org/post/poet-maxine-kumin-has-died-age-88 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Pulitzer-winning poet Maxine </span>Kumin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> died Thursday at her home in Warner, where she and her husband lived for almost four decades.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Born in Philadelphia, Maxine Kumin taught at Universities in Boston.&nbsp; But, hating the city, Kumin and her husband moved to a farm in Warner, which they called the “Pobiz” farm. They lived together there for almost four decades, where they raised horses and grew vegetables.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 15:10:11 +0000 Sarah Ashworth, Emily Corwin & Sean Hurley 43179 at http://nhpr.org Poet Maxine Kumin Has Died At Age 88 Inspired Lives: Poet Maxine Kumin http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-poet-maxine-kumin <p>Maxine Kumin’s career has spanned over half a century. She's the recipient of&nbsp; awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award. Kumin was the poetry consultant for the Library of Congress in 1981-1982, and has taught at many of the country’s most prestigious universities, including MIT, Princeton, and Columbia. Despite traveling away from home to lecture at schools and universities around the United States, Kumin has retained close ties with her farmhouse in rural New Hampshire. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 16:03:54 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Maxine Kumin 11950 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Poet Maxine Kumin Victor Kumin: A "Soldier Scientist" At Work On The Atomic Bomb http://nhpr.org/post/victor-kumin-soldier-scientist-work-atomic-bomb <p><font face="GoudyOldStyleT-Regular"><font color="#262626" face="GoudyOldStyleT-Regular"><font color="#000000" face="GoudyOldStyleT-Regular">Victor Kumin, Harvard graduate with a degree in Chemistry, helped create the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Project" target="_blank">Atomic Bomb</a> under direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire with his wife, the former U.S. Poet Laureate, <a href="http://www.maxinekumin.com/">Maxine Kumin.</a> The two exchanged 575 letters back and forth during their courtship. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Victor Kumin 10377 at http://nhpr.org Victor Kumin: A "Soldier Scientist" At Work On The Atomic Bomb Inspired Lives: Jerry Carr http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-jerry-carr <P>As part of our series Inspired Lives, we’ve hearing this summer from notable people who have taken inspiration from their time in New England. This week, we’re hearing from a New Englander who took his inspiration from the skies- astronaut Jerry Carr.&nbsp; A childhood fascination with airplanes led to a career as a military pilot, and then eventually, as the commander for Skylab 4, the third and final manned visit to the orbiting workshop. Wed, 22 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Jerry Carr 10387 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Jerry Carr Inspired Lives: Michael Heaney http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-michael-heaney <p>Michael Heaney, former platoon leader, returned to the spot where 46 years ago 10 of his men under his command were&nbsp;killed in an ambush by North Vietnamese soldiers. He returned to the land he calls &quot;my valley of death&quot; to reclaim a piece of his soul. He was the only member of his unit to survive an ambush by North Vietnamese soldiers in May 1966.</p><p>Heaney spent a great deal of time coming to realization that he had survived Operation Crazy Horse, the combat operation so fierce it is discussed in history books.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Michael Heaney 10375 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Michael Heaney Inspired Lives: Dana Dakin http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-dana-dakin <p>Dana Dakin is the founder of WomenTrust Inc., a community-based microlending program in the village of Pokuase outside of Ghana&rsquo;s capital city in West Africa. Dakin launched WomensTrust to help stimulate entrepreneurship and economic development. She fostered relationships with women clients to address the root cause of poverty in the area. The company started a scholarship program to keep girls in school. Dakin also sought to improve the maternal mortality rate in the region by integrating volunteer nurses into healthcare clinics.</p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Dana Dakin 10292 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Dana Dakin Inspired Lives: David Carroll http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-david-carroll <p>Naturalist-artist David M. Carroll is the author of three acclaimed natural histories.&nbsp; <em>Swampwalker's Journal, </em>for which he received the John Burroughs medal for distinguished nature writing, <em>The Year of the Turtle</em>, and <em>Trout Reflections</em>. David graduated from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of New Hampshire and an Honorary Masters in Environmental Science from New England College. In 2006 he was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & David Carroll 9474 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: David Carroll Inspired Lives: Artist Wolf Kahn http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-artist-wolf-kahn <p>Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany&nbsp; in 1927 and came to the United States when he was 12-years-old. He later served in the Navy during WWII, and in 1946, under the GI Bill, Kahn attended the Hans Hofmann School, studying under and becoming a studio assistant for Hans Hofmann. Later, Kahn graduated from the University of Chicago. His work in oil paint and pastel mediums share his signature vibrant style. He spends his time in both New York City and West Brattleboro, Vermont. Kahn's wife Emily Mason is also an artist.</p><p>TRANSCRIPT</p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:08:42 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Wolf Kahn 9466 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Artist Wolf Kahn Inspired Lives: Wesley McNair http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-wesley-mcnair <p>Award-winning poet and New Hampshire native Wesley McNair was born in Newport, grew up in the Connecticut River Valley, and has lived for many years in Mercer, Maine, the state for which he has been named Poet Laureate. Drawing from his personal experiences, McNair's poetry is emblematic of both family and economic hardships, and New England living. Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:15:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Wesley McNair 8638 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Wesley McNair Inspired Lives: Eric Aho http://nhpr.org/post/inspired-lives-eric-aho <p><a href="http://ericaho.com/" target="_blank">Eric Aho</a> grew up in Hudson, New Hampshire and now lives just across the border in Saxtons River, Vermont. In the tradition of English painters like John Constable and the French Impressionists, Aho began sketching and painting out of doors using New England’s mountain vistas and rural valleys as his subjects. His early paintings capture dramatic effects of weather and sunlight in a muted pallet, while his more recent paintings are monumental in scale and employ bold colors.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:35:00 +0000 Mary Kuechenmeister & Eric Aho 7365 at http://nhpr.org Inspired Lives: Eric Aho