Mary Biddinger is a poet, editor, and professor who lives in Akron, Ohio. She was born in Fremont, California, and grew up in Illinois and Michigan, and then attended the University of Michigan (BA in English and Creative Writing), Bowling Green State University (MFA in poetry), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D. in English, Program for Writers). She is Professor and Assistant Chair of the English Department at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Biddinger is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry.
Biddinger teaches both literature and creative writing courses, with a focus on American women writers, contemporary poetry, and British fiction. Her MFA course offerings include poetry workshops and craft and theory courses such as Poetry of the Body, First Books of Poetry, and Poetry of the Unexpected.
Biddinger is the author of four collections of poetry: Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), the chapbook Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), and A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). She is the co-editor of a volume of essays, The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (with John Gallaher, University of Akron Press, 2011). She edits the Akron Series in Poetry and the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. In 2007 she founded the independent literary magazine Barn Owl Review, which released its eighth issue in April of 2015.
Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, The Denver Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, jubilat, The Laurel Review, Redivider, Pleiades, Quarterly West, and many other journals.
Biddinger has been the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Creative Writing for her poetry: one in 2010, and one in 2007.
For reading queries, contact Mary Biddinger at mb at marybiddinger.com.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to the National Endowment for the Arts for its support.
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