Marvin Bell to visit Eugene, Oregon!

The Poetry Loft and Oregon Writers’ Collective welcomes Marvin Bell to Eugene, Oregon.

Marvin Bell has been called “an insider who thinks like an outsider,” and his writing has been called “ambitious without pretension.”

Judith Kitchen, in The Georgia Review: “These new books by Marvin Bell are sending poetry into new and original territory. Bell has redefined poetry as it is being practiced today.” Of his two latest collections, Ms. Kitchen wrote: “I believe that Marvin Bell’s Dead Man poems should close any anthology of the 20th century, and open any anthology of this new century’s work. They change the game.”

His 24 books include Nightworks; Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems; Whiteout, a collaboration with photographer Nathan Lyons; and After the Fact: Scripts & Postscripts, a work of poetic nonfiction in collaboration with Christopher Merrill.

Bell was for many years Flannery O’Connor Professor of Letters at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first Poet Laureate. He edited poetry five years apiece for The North American Review and The Iowa Review. He created and edited the New Poets / Short Books series in which Lost Horse Press published the first books of fifteen poets. He designed and led for five years a summer workshop for teachers from the urban after-school program, America SCORES.

His literary honors include awards from the Academy of American Poets, the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Poetry Review, Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, and Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia.

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