Maurice Manning has a BA in English from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, an MA in English from the University of Kentucky, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama.
Manning is the author of eight books, including Snakedoctor (Copper Canyon Press, 2023); The Common Man (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; and Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions (Yale University Press, 2001), the selection for the 2000 Yale Series of Younger Poets.
Manning’s other awards include the Hanes Poetry Prize from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, as well as fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and a residency at the Hawthornden Castle Writers Retreat in Scotland.
Manning is a professor of English and writer in residence at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is a regular member of the faculty for the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Manning is also a member of Kentucky Writers and Artists for Reforestation and is a vice chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.