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Assistant Professor Mary Szybist wins poetry fellowship

February 28, 2009

Mary Szybist, assistant professor of English:

Szybist is one of only two poets in the country selected by the U.S. Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan, for the 2009 Witter Bynner Fellowship.  As part of this honor, Syzbist will read her poetry on February 26 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. and receive a $10,000 fellowship provided by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. In return, fellowship winners are asked to organize a reading in their hometown and participate in the reading and recording session at the Library of Congress. On Szybist’s poetry, Ryan said, “Mary Szybist’s lovely musical touch is light and exact enough to catch the weight and grind of love. This is a hard paradox to master as she does.”

Read more about Szybist, her work and hear her read selected poems.