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Marvin Bell

Marvin Bell, author of twenty-three books of poetry and essays, has been called "an insider who thinks like an outsider," and his writing has been called "ambitious without pretension.” Reviewing The Book of the Dead Man for The Georgia Review, Judith Kitchen noted: "These new books by Marvin Bell are doing to poetry what has occasionally been done before—sending it into new and original territory. Bell has redefined poetry as it is being practiced today.” His latest books are Vertigo: The Living Dead Man Poems (Copper Canyon); Whiteout, a collaboration with the photographer Nathan Lyons, (Lodima); and a children's book with illustrations by Chris RaschkaA Primer about the Flag (Candlewick). These books were preceded by the wartime collection, Mars Being Red, and 7 Poets, 4 Days, 1 Book—a collaboration of poets from five countries. A song cycle, "The Animals," premiered in 2009.  His poems, his teaching, and his columns in The American Poetry Review, "Homage to the Runner," have influenced generations of poets.


American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature

Guggenheim Fellowship

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships

Senior Fulbright appointments to Yugoslavia and Australia

Flannery O'Connor Professor of Letters at the University of Iowa

Iowa's first Poet Laureate

Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets

National Book Award Finalist

Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist

Awards from The American Poetry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and Poetry

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