Mary Oliver is, some say, the most famous poet to stem from the Cleveland area (Maple Heights, to be precise). Maria Popova calls her "one of the greatest poets of all time, and perhaps the greatest of our time"-- high praise indeed. The New York Times merely called her "far and away, this country's best-selling poet." And that's not even to mention the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, or the other honors.
But she doesn't talk a lot. (Maybe she's too busy writing those poems) But, wait! You want to hear Mary Oliver interviewed? In the podcast "On Being," Krista Tippett talks with Mary Oliver.