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 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 currently an Associate Professor of English at the University of Akron.
She teaches literature and creative writing courses, with a focus on Modern, contemporary, and world poetry. 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.
Mary 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 (forthcoming in January 2013 from Black Lawrence Press), and A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (forthcoming in 2014 from Black Lawrence Press). 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. She also serves as an open book competition juror for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. In 2007 she founded the independent literary magazine Barn Owl Review, which released its fifth issue in February of 2012.
Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Forklift, Ohio, Gulf Coast, H_NGM_N, The Laurel Review, Redivider, Pleiades, Quarterly West, and many other journals.
Mary 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. She is currently at work on a novel-in-poems.
For reading queries, contact Mary Biddinger at mb at marybiddinger.com.
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