Mary Biddinger, Ph.D.

Mary Biddinger, Ph.D.

Title: Professor and Assistant Chair, Akron Series in Poetry Editor
Dept/Program: English
Office: Olin 342
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Mary Biddinger received an Honors BA in English from The University of Michigan (1996), an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University (1998), and a Ph.D. in English from the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003). She worked as Lecturer of English and Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003-2005) and joined the faculty of The University of Akron in Fall 2005. She has been awarded the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences Service Award (2008) and the Chairs’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Professional and Community Service (2006) at The University of Akron.

Dr. Biddinger teaches courses in literature and creative writing (poetry) and literature courses in British fiction, world literature, and modern and contemporary poetry. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems, Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), and A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2014), and one chapbook, Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Redivider, and many other journals. Dr. Biddinger has received two Individual Excellence Awards in Poetry from the Ohio Arts Council. She serves as the Editor of the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press, where she also founded the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics, which published its first volume, The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics in 2011. From 2009-2012, Dr. Biddinger served as Director of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program.



O Holy Insurgency. Black Lawrence Press (Dzanc Books), Pittsburgh, PA, January 2013, 90 pages.

Saint Monica. Black Lawrence Press (Dzanc Books), Pittsburgh, PA. May 2011, 42 pages.

The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics. Co-editor, with John Gallaher. The University of Akron Press. Akron, OH. January 2011, 128 pages.

Prairie Fever.  Steel Toe Books, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, February 2007, 85 pages.


A Sunny Place with Adequate Water. Black Lawrence Press (Dzanc Books), Pittsburgh, PA, May 2014, 85 pages.


Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Pleiades, Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, Blackbird, Bat City Review, Redivider, Barrelhouse, The National Poetry Review, Forklift, Ohio, South Dakota Review, Puerto del Sol, Waccamaw, Devil’s Lake, Midwestern Gothic, Minnesota Review, Diode, The Journal, Passages North, Copper Nickel, The Collagist, 32 Poems, New Ohio Review, Memorious, Crab Creek Review, North American Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Salt Hill, Harpur Palate, The Iowa Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Fourteen Hills, Crazyhorse, American Literary Review, ACM, Notre Dame Review, Indiana Review, and Ploughshares, among others.


Ph.D. in English, Program for Writers, University of Illinois at Chicago; MFA in Poetry, Bowling Green State University; Honors B.A. in English and Creative Writing, The University of Michigan


Introductory and Advanced Poetry Writing, MFA Poetry Workshop, Modern American Poetry, International Poetry, MFA Craft & Theory of Poetry, New Poetry, Women Writers, World Literature, Theory & Practice of Modern Poetry, British Fiction Since 1925, British Romantic Fiction, Classic and Contemporary Literature