Winter With the Writers

Mark Jarman

American poet and critic

Event Details

Winter With the Writers welcomed Mark Jarman to Rollins on February 7, 2008.

Speaker Bio

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Mark Jarman was born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, and grew up in California and Scotland. He received his BA in English literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz (1974) and his MFA from the University of Iowa (1976). He is Centennial Professor of English at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. His new poetry is collected in his new book Epistles, just out from Sarabande Books. He is the author of eight additional books of poetry: North Sea (1978), The Rote Walker (1981), Far and Away (1985), The Black Riviera (1990), Iris (1992), Questions for Ecclesiastes (1997), Unholy Sonnets (2000), To the Green Man (2004).

Jarman’s awards include a Joseph Henry Jackson Award for his poetry in 1974, three NEA grants in poetry (1977, 1984, 1992), and a fellowship in poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for 1991-1992. His book The Black Riviera won the 1991 Poets’ Prize. Questions for Ecclesiastes was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine. He is also the author of two collections of essays on poetry, The Secret of Poetry (2000) and Body and Soul (2002).