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Mary Szybist Poetry Reading

Date: 4:30pm PDT March 22 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

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    Mary Szybist

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Please join us in celebrating the inauguration of Mary Szybist as the Morgan S. Odell Professor of Humanities

A reception will follow in the Diane Gregg Memorial Pavilion

Mary Szybist has been a member of the Lewis & Clark College English department since 2004, and was named the college’s Teacher of the Year in 2010. Szybist regularly teaches introductory and advanced poetry writing classes. She also helps coordinate the college’s visiting poets series, which is a collaboration with the English department and Watzek Library’s Special Collections.

Szybist is the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry. Her first book, Granted, won the 2004 GLCA New Writers Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Szybist’s poems have appeared in PloughsharesPoetryBest American PoetryPushcart Prize AnthologyVirginia Quarterly ReviewCincinnati ReviewTin HouseThe Iowa ReviewThe Kenyon Review, and other journals. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. 

A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, she attended the University of Virginia and received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The Morgan S. Odell Professorship in Humanities was established in 1994 through the generosity of James F. Miller, a Portland philanthropist and long-time member of the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees.  

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