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Marvin BellMARVIN BELL

NYS Writers Institute, Septmeber 30, 2003
4:15 p.m. Seminar | Assembly Hall, Campus Center
8:00 p.m. Reading | Assembly Hall, Camus Center

Introduction by Eugene Garber

 

 


PROFILE
NightworksMarvin Bell has published 15 books of poetry in a career spanning five decades. Starting with Things We Dreamt We Died For (1966) to his most recent volume, Nightworks: Poems 1962-2000, which Publishers Weekly said "shows a poet progressing to the peak of his powers," Bell's poetry has dealt with concerns of the self relationships between people, and reflections on the self in relation to nature.

Poetry for a Midnight Summer's DreamBell has received consistent praise for being one of poetry's true innovators. In reviewing The Book of the Dead Man (1994), which many regard as Bell's most radical work, Richard Jackson in the North American Review noted, "What The Book of the Dead Man does, by its verbal pyrotechnics, is redefine sensibility. . .This is an astonishing feat. There's no greater gift any poet or poetry can bring." Judith Kitchen also praised Bell's work for "sending [poetry] into new and original territory. . .Bell has redefined poetry as it is being practiced today."

Bell's other poetry volumes include A Marvin Bell Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose (1994), Iris of Creation (1990), New and Selected Poems (1987), Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See (1977), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and Probable Volume of Dreams (1969), which was a Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Bell also has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature along with numerous writing fellowships. He is a longtime member of the faculty of the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. He was also selected to be the State of Iowa's first Poet Laureate in 2000.


Books by Marvin Bell

  • ArdorWednesday: Selected Poems 1966-1997 (1998)
  • Ardor (The Book of the Dead Man, Vol. 2) (1997)
  • The Book of the Dead Man (Vol. 1) (1994)
  • A Marvin Bell Reader: Selected Poetry and Prose (1994)
  • Iris of Creation (1990)
  • New and Selected Poems (1987)
  • Drawn by Stones, by Earth, by Things that Have Been in the Fire (1984)
  • Old Snow Just Melting: Essays and Interviews (1983)
  • Segues: A Correspondence in Poetry (with William Stafford) (1983)
  • These Green-Going-to-Yellow (1981)
  • Stars Which See, Stars Which Do Not See (1977)
  • Residue of Song (1974)
  • The Escape into You (1971)
  • A Probable Volume of Dreams (1969)
  • Things We Dreamt We Died For (1966)

Additional Links:
Writers Online Magazine Article
The Poetry Kit Interview

For additional information, contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.