Mary Biddinger is a poet, editor, and professor who lives in Akron, Ohio. She was born in Fremont, California, and grew up in Illinois and Michigan, and then attended the University of Michigan (BA in English and Creative Writing), Bowling Green State University (MFA in poetry), and the University of Illinois at Chicago (Ph.D. in English, Program for Writers). She is Professor and Assistant Chair of the English Department at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.
She teaches both literature and creative writing courses, with a focus on women writers, contemporary poetry, and world literature. Her MFA course offerings include poetry workshops and craft and theory courses such as Poetry of the Body, First Books of Poetry, and Poetry of the Unexpected. Since 2008 she has edited the Akron Series in Poetry at the University of Akron Press.
Biddinger is the author of six poetry collections: Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007), the chapbook Saint Monica (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), O Holy Insurgency (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), A Sunny Place with Adequate Water (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), Small Enterprise (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), and a collaboration with Jay Robinson titled The Czar (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). She is also the co-editor of a volume of essays, The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics (with John Gallaher, University of Akron Press, 2011). Her first collection of prose poems, Partial Genius, is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press in 2019.
Her work has appeared in Barrelhouse, Bat City Review, Blackbird, 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. She has received two Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Creative Writing for her poetry: one in 2010, and one in 2007. Biddinger is the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry.
Grateful acknowledgment is made
to the National Endowment for the Arts for its support.