Corey Marks Speaks at Spring 2016 Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speaker Series


Corey Marks was the spring Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speaker Series guest.  The Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speaker series is made possible by the McIntyre–West Endowment of the Hardin-Simmons University Academic Foundation.

A question and answer session was held in afternoon for students, faculty, staff and guests. Marks read several poems from his collection of works later that evening.

“I enjoyed listening to Marks,” said Zac Christian, junior English and history major from Comanche, Texas. “It was fascinating to get the chance to hear a poet discuss his craft. It’s always interesting to get a backstage view of the creative process.”

Marks' first book of poetry, Renunciation, was selected by poet Philip Levine as a 1999 National Poetry Series Competition Winner, and Renunciation was the winner of the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. The Radio Tree is his most recent book of poetry, winning the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press in 2011.

“There’s something about the act of immersing yourself in the language of the poem and the imagination of a poem that invites us in to experience the poem," Marks said. “I think it is that experience that we have as a reader is also the thing we are looking for as writers. There is something pleasurable about the experience of writing, of working with language, of playing with possibilities. Part of the reason we go to poetry is to be entertained. It’s for pleasure, and if we forget that poetry is something that gives us pleasure we miss something that is fundamental to it.”

His poems have appeared in the New England Review, The Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthology Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande Books, 2006) among others.

Marks grew up in rural Michigan and received a B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College. His Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) is from Warren Wilson College, and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature is from the University of Houston. He is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.




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