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Mary Szybist earns Pushcart Prize and place in prestigious literary journal

July 09, 2012

Mary Szybist, associate professor of English, continues to accrue accolades for her stunning poetry. Already the recipient of some of the field’s most prestigious fellowships, she recently published two poems in Ploughshares.

Szybist, who teaches poetry writing and literature classes, is no stranger to having her work praised. Library Journal named her first collection of poems, Granted, one of the top 10 books of poetry in 2003. Her second collection, Incarnadine, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2013.

The accomplished poet recently won a 2013 Pushcart Prize for her poem “On a Spring Day in Baltimore the Art Teacher Asks the Class to Draw Flowers,” which was previously published in The Kenyon Review and will be reprinted in the 2013 edition of the Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of Small Presses anthology, in November.

In 2009, Szybist received one of two Witter Bynner Fellowships awarded by the Library of Congress. The same year, she won an award from the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Creative Writing.

Read Szybist’s poems “So and So Descending From the Bridge,” from the Spring 2012 edition of Ploughshares, and “Here, There Are Blueberries,” from the 40th anniversary issue of Ploughshares.


Zibby Pillote ’14 contributed to this story.


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