Mary Szybist is the author of two collections of poems, Granted (Alice James Books, 2003), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Incarnadine (Graywolf Press, 2013).
Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize Anthology, Virginia Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review,Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review, and other journals. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the MacDowell Colony, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.
Mary grew up in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Virginia and the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. She has called Portland home since 2004.
Granted, Alice James Books, 2003.
Fellowships and Awards photo by Joni Kabana
Pushcart Prize, 2012.
Fifth Wednesday Journal Editor’s Prize in Poetry for 2012.
Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy, Fall 2011.
2010 Teacher of the Year, Lewis & Clark College.
2009 Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. Named as one of two fellows by Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.
2009 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts.
MacDowell Colony Residency, November 2007.
Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award in Poetry 2004.
Finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry.
Granted named one of the ten best poetry books of 2003 by Library Journal.
Beatrice Hawley Award 2002: Winner of Alice James Books’ National Book Contest.
Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award 1996.
Associate Professor of English, Lewis & Clark College, 2010-Present.
Assistant Professor of English, Lewis & Clark College, 2004-2010.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Kenyon College, 2003-2004.
Language Arts Teacher, Iowa City School District, 1997-2003.
Summer and Part-Time Positions:
Faculty, Warren Wilson Low-Residency MFA Program, Summer 2011-Present.
Faculty, Kenyon Review Workshop, Summer 2013.
Faculty, Tin House Workshop, Summer 2010, Summer 2012.
Faculty, The University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, Summer 2003.
Faculty, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities, Summers 1995-2000.
You Must Read This: On the Collected Poems of Donald Justice. NPR.org, June 2013.
On Craft and Visual Poetry. Graywolfpress.org, April 2013.
The essay “There interposed a _____: A Few Considerations of Poetic Drama,” was published in The Writer’s Notebook II (Tin House Books, 2012).
A short essay
on the anonymous Renaissance poem “I heard a noise. . .” appeared on the Poetry
Daily website April 13th 2012 as part of a Poetry Month feature. Poet's Pick: "I heard a noise. . ."
“The Concessional Structure” appears as a chapter in Structure and Surprise: A New Approach to Writing Poetry (Teachers and Writers Collaborative, 2007).