Mary Biddinger, Ph.D.

Mary Biddinger, Ph.D.

Title: Professor and Assistant Chair, Akron Series in Poetry Editor
Program: NEOMFA
Dept/Program: English
Office: Olin 342
Phone: 330-972-6960
Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Mary Biddinger holds a 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 a 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 is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as two Individual Excellence Awards in Poetry from the Ohio Arts Council (2007 and 2010).

Dr. Biddinger teaches poetry writing, modern and contemporary poetry, British fiction, and world literature. She is the author of four full-length collections of poems: Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), and Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), and one chapbook, Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Crab Orchard Review, The Denver Quarterly, Forklift, Ohio, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, The Laurel Review, Redivider, Pleiades, Quarterly West, and many other journals. Since 2008, Dr. Biddinger has been the editor of the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press. From 2009-2012, she served as director of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. She is currently Assistant Chair and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of English. 



Small Enterprise. Black Lawrence Press, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2015.

A Sunny Place with Adequate Water. Black Lawrence Press, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2014.

O Holy Insurgency. Black Lawrence Press, Pittsburgh, PA, January 2013.

Saint Monica (chapbook). Black Lawrence Press, Pittsburgh, PA. May 2011.

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

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


Poems have appeared in Green Mountains Review, jubilat, PleiadesSentence: A Journal of Prose PoeticsGulf CoastThe Laurel Review, BlackbirdBat City ReviewRedividerBarrelhouseThe National Poetry ReviewForklift, OhioSouth Dakota ReviewPuerto del SolWaccamawDevil’s LakeMidwestern GothicMinnesota ReviewDiodeThe JournalPassages NorthCopper NickelThe Collagist32 PoemsNew Ohio ReviewMemoriousCrab Creek ReviewNorth American ReviewNinth LetterThird Coast, Valparaiso Poetry ReviewSalt HillHarpur PalateThe Iowa ReviewSpoon River Poetry ReviewFourteen HillsCrazyhorse, American Literary ReviewACMNotre Dame ReviewIndiana Review, and Ploughshares, among others.


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


Introductory and Advanced Poetry Writing, MFA Poetry Workshop, Modern American Poetry, International Poetry, American Women Poets, MFA Craft & Theory of Poetry, New Poetry, Women Writers, World Literatures, Theory & Practice of Modern Poetry, British Fiction Since 1925, British Romantic Fiction, Senior Seminar, Writers on Writing