Mark Irwin

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website


  • Ph.D. English (1982), Case Western Reserve University

  • Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Mark Irwin is a nationally acclaimed poet and four-time Pushcart Prize winner who has been described as a "descendant of William Carlos Williams and Hart Crane.” He is the author of six collections of poetry, and he has also translated several French and Romanian works. Irwin teaches undergraduate and graduate poetry workshops.
    Research Keywords
    Poetry & Originality: "Have you been there before? No, this is the first time." An essay that discusses geographers of the imagination: the work of John Ashbery, Ann Carson, Lydia Davis, Guy Davenport, Forrest Gander, Alice Notley, and W.S. Merwin, among others.
    Research Specialties
    MONSTER: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry. Book on Contemporary American Poetry & Painting finished in November of 2013 and currently bring revised.

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Poetry Reading", Ashland University Summer MFA Program, Lecture/Seminar, Paper, Ashland, Ohio, Ashland University, Invited, 07/23/2010-07/30/2010  
    • ""Poetry & Memorability"", AWP Confernce, Roundtable/Panel, Paper, Denver Hilton, Associated Writing Programs, Norfolk, VA, Invited, 04/07/2010-04/10/2010  
    • ""Poetry & Memorability in a Technological Age"", Association of Literary Scholars & Critics, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Denver, ALSC, Invited, 10/09/2009-10/11/2009  
    • "Poetry Reading", LA Times Book Festival, Los Angeles, CA, 04/28/2006-04/29/2006  
    • "Poetry Reading", Colorado, Longmont Museum, 03/15/2006  
    • ""The Poetry of Jim Simmerman"", Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Lecture/Panel, Atlanta, 03/01/2006-03/03/2006  


    • Irwin, M. (2008). TALL IF. (Marianne Swierenga, William Olson, Ed.). Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University Press/New Issues Poetry & Prose.

    • Irwin, M. (2011). "Distortion & Disjunction in Contemporary American Poetry". (Berg, Bonanno, Scanlon, Ed.). pp. 27. Philadelphia, PA. The American Poetry Review.

    Journal Article
    • Irwin, M. (2007). "Four Poems". TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press. pp. p.NA.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Sermon" Poem. Hawaii Pacific Review/University of Hawaii. pp. p. vol 20.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Czeslaw Milosz' Theater of Encounter" Essay. Lake Effect/Penn State University Press. pp. p. NA.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). Six Poems. Interim/University of Nevada. pp. p.NA.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Two Poems". American Poetry Review/Academic Press. pp.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Passing" Poem. American Literary Review/University of North Texas. pp. p.NA.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Summons" Poem. American Letters & Commentary. pp. p.NA.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Four Poems". LUNA/University of Minnesota. pp. p.NA.
    • Irwin, M. (2006). "Augenblick" Poem. Third Coast/Western Michigan University. pp. p.NA.

    • Irwin, M. (2009). "Here" and "The Singular of Trees". (Paul Hoover, Ed.). pp. 2. San Francisco, CA. New American Writing.
    • Irwin, M. (2009). "In Winter" and "Red Feather". (David Baker, Ed.). pp. 3. Gambier, Ohio. Kenyon Review.
    • Irwin, M. (2009). "Ghost". (David Hamilton, Ed.). Iowa City, IA. Iowa Review.
    • Irwin, M. (2009). "On Sunday, Sometimes". (Sidney Wade, Ed.). Gainesville, FL University of Florida. subtropics.
    • Irwin, M. (2009). "Landscape with Horse Named Popcorn". (Christian Wiman, Ed.). pp. 1. Chicago, IL. Poetry Magazine.
    • Irwin, M. (2009). Two Poems: "Table of Contents," "Tell Me". (Sven Birkerts, Ed.). pp. 2. Boston University Boston, MA. AGNI REVIEW.
    • Irwin, M. (2008). "Empire". pp. 1. Chicago, IL. Poetry Magazine.

    Poetry Collection
    • Irwin, M. (2008). TALL IF. pp. 73pp. Kalamazoo, MI. New Issues/ Western Michigan University Press.

    New Courses Developed

    • ENGL 456: Contemporary World Poetry in Translation & Translation Workshop, English/Creative Writing, 2009-2010   

    Honors and Awards

    • USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, for "Tall If" (a collection of poetry), Spring 2010   
    • Mellon Mentoring Award for Graduate Students, 4/21/2009  
    • 2006 Pushcart Prize for Poetry, 6/9/2006-12/30/2006  
    • Colorado Book Award for Poetry: BRIGHT HUNGER, 2005-2006   
    • Lois Beebe Hayna Award/Western Poetry Society, 2/12/2006  
    • Poem "Ends" featured on Poetry Daily, 1/25/2006  

    Service to the Profession

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Contributing Editor, Hotel Amerika, 01/01/2005-01/01/2011  

    Professional Memberships
    • (AWP) Association of Writers and Poets/Norfolk, VA, 09/09/2006-  
    • Poetry Society of America, 01/25/2004-  
    • Association of Literary Critics & Scholars, 2012-2013   

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