Honored as America’s poet laureate from 1981 to 1982, MAXINE KUMIN has been the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and many other awards. In addition to her seventeen poetry collections, novels, and essay collections for adults, she is the author of many children’s books, but Lizzie! is her first YA novel. Seven Stories Press is also re-releasing the books that Kumin wrote together with her close friend Anne Sexton. With her husband, Victor, she made her home on a farm in the Mink Hills of Warner, New Hampshire, where they raised horses for forty years and enjoyed the companionship of several rescued dogs. She died in early 2014.