Mary Szybist

Mary Szybist is the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for poetry. Her 2003 collection, Granted, was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the 2009 Witter Bynner Award, selected by then-Poet Laureate Kay Ryan. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Poetry, Tin House, and the Kenyon Review, among others, and was featured in Best American Poetry (2008). Szybist holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a teaching-writing fellow. She is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.


Visit Mary Szybist's website.

Read an interview with Szybist in which she discusses her faith.

Listen to an interview with Szybist in which she discusses Incarnadine and reads some poems from the collection.

Read a review of Incarnadine.

Listen to Szybist read and explain the meaning of her poem On Wanting to Tell [  ] About a Girl Eating Fish Eyes.



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