Mary Biddinger, Ph.D.
Title: Professor and Assistant Chair, Akron Series in Poetry Editor
Office: Olin 342
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.
Education: 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
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, 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.
Courses Teaching This semester:
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