Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver

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Audie Award Winner / LA Times Book Prize Finalist

A celebration of the beloved, award-winning poet Mary Oliver, narrated by actress and activist Sophia Bush featuring selections from the late poet’s work, in her own voice, plus a tapestry of complementary voices reflecting on Oliver’s legacy.

Wild and Precious: A Celebration of Mary Oliver is a first of its kind audio commemoration of one of the greatest poets in modern history. Actress and activist Sophia Bush guides listeners on a journey of contemplation and discovery into the artistry of Mary Oliver as remembered by many who were most greatly impacted by it. For the first time, Oliver’s Bennington College students open up about what it was like to have her for a teacher, friends and neighbors recall her love of place and nature, multi-faith leaders contemplate her spiritual lessons, and high-profile artists and fans like Carmen Maria Machado, Ross Gay, and Rainn Wilson, among others, reflect on the profound influence of her poetry on their own work and lives. 

Wild and Precious features over 30 poems (including “The Summer Day,” “When Death Comes,” and “In Blackwater Woods”) alongside abiding admiration for Oliver’s craft and sheds new light on one of the greatest poets and writers in modern history. The result is a tapestry of sound that weaves together recollections of first-hand accounts with the poet, readings of her poetry by contributors and by Oliver herself, and personal testimonials—both heart-wrenching and joyful—of Oliver’s imprint on American culture. 

A meditative trek deep into the heart of Mary Oliver’s legacy, Wild and Precious is a perfect entry for poetry newcomers and a must-listen for fans. 

In Wild and Precious, you’ll hear contributions from: Kazim Ali, Elizabeth Bradfield, Summer Brennan, Sophia Bush, Susan Cain, Cathleen Falsani, James Ishmael Ford, Ross Gay, Mushim Ikeda, Aidan Kingwell, Carmen Maria Machado, Laurette Nicoll, Samin Nosrat, Busy Philipps, Matt Pillischer, Emily Popek, Danya Ruttenberg, Omid Safi, Claire Bidwell Smith, Lisa Starr, Alexander Westphal, and Rainn Wilson

Produced and sound designed by Helena de Groot; Narration written by Helena de Groot; Engineered by Jake Gorski; Edited by Kate Parkinson-Morgan and Lidia Jean Kott; Executive produced by Kerri Kolen

Length: 4.5 Hours
Category: Poetry
ISBN: 979-8-9850802-7-8

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