Mary Crow

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Poet Laureate of Colorado, 1996–2010

Mary Crow earned a BA in English literature from the College of Wooster in Ohio and an MA in the same subject from Indiana University. She then earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

Crow is the author of six poetry collections, five works of translation, and three chapbooks. Her full-length works of poetry include Addicted to the Horizon (CW Books, 2012); I Have Tasted the Apple (BOA Editions Ltd., 1996); and Borders (full-length, BOA, 1989). Her books of translation are Vertical Poetry: Last Poems by Roberto Juarroz (White Pine Press, 2011); Engravings Torn from Insomnia: Poems by Olga Orozco (BOA Editions Ltd., 2002); Vertical Poetry: Recent Poems by Roberto Juarroz (White Pine Press, 1992); From the Country of Nevermore: Selected Poems by Jorge Teillier (Wesleyan University Press, 1990); and Woman Who Has Sprouted Wings: Poems by Contemporary Latin American Women Poets (Latin American Literary Review Press, 1984), which was reprinted in a second edition in 1988. More than 450 of Crow’s poems, translations, and essays have been published in anthologies and magazines. 

Crow has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Colorado Council on the Arts, and the Colorado Endowment for the Humanities. Her awards include the Colorado Book Award and the Creative Writing Award from the Fulbright Commission. 

Crow has had numerous writers’ residencies, including Milkwood International in the Czech Republic, Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and Miskenot Sha’ananim in Israel, as well as domestic residencies at MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Ragdale, Djerassi, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and the Lannan Foundation. She served as poet laureate of Colorado from 1996 to 2010. From 1964 to 2003, Crow taught poetry in the English department at Colorado State University, where she earned the title of professor emerita.