• The Lawrence Clayton Poets & Writers Speaker Series

    Corey Marks


    Corey 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.

    His first book of poetry, Renunciation (University of Illinois Press, 2000), was selected by poet Philip Levine as a 1999 National Poetry Series Competition Winner. Renunciation was also the winner of the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. The Radio Tree (New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2012) is his most recent book of poetry, winning the Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press in 2011. Other awards include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review.

    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.

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