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Mark Irwin

Mark Irwin was born in Faribault, Minnesota. He received a BA from Case Western Reserve University in 1974, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1980, and a PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1982.

He is the author of eleven poetry collections, including Joyful Orphan, forthcoming in 2023 from the University of Nevada Press; A Passion According to Green (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2017); American Urn: New & Selected Poems (1987–2013) (Ashland Poetry Press, 2015); and The Halo of Desire (Galileo Press, 1987). He is also the author of the essay collection Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry (Peter Lang, 2017). 

Of his work, W. S. Merwin writes, “Subtlety of ear, of phrasing, of language altogether, and a light-play of feeling, disguise the urgency and evocative range of Mark Irwin’s grave sensibility.”

The recipient of The Nation/Discovery Award, two Colorado Book Awards, and four Pushcart Prizes as well as fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, he is a professor at the University of Southern California.


Bibliography

Poetry

A Passion According to Green (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2017)
American Urn: New & Selected Poems (1987­–2013) (Ashland Poetry Press, 2015)
Large White House Speaking (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2013)
Tall If (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008)
Bright Hunger (BOA Editions, 2004)
White City (BOA Editions, 2000)
Quick, Now, Always (BOA Editions, 1996)
Against the Meanwhile: 3 Elegies (Wesleyan University Press, 1988)
The Halo of Desire (Galileo Press, 1987)

Prose

Monster: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry (Peter Lang, 2017)

Mark Irwin
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