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Provincetown Artists, Authors, & Poets

Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

Provincetown has attracted authors such as Michael Cunningham (The Hours) and Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five). The late Mary Oliver, one of America’s best selling poets and Pulitzer Prize winner, called Provincetown home for four decades. Tony Kushner, a screenwriter (Munich, Lincoln) and Pulitzer-winning playwright (Angels in America), found love and got legally married in Provincetown.


Martha Dewing Woodward was an artist and founder of Provincetown’s first art school, Cape Cod School of Drawing and Painting. Blanche Lazell, a painter and printmaker, was one of the founding members of the Provincetown Printers, a group that specialized in woodblock printing, the first of its kind in America. Candy Jernigan was a multimedia artist who spear-headed Provincetown’s experimental art scene throughout the 1970s and 1980s. She served as a set designer and board member for the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM).