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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.

Poetry Collection

Irwin, M. (2008). TALL IF. (William Olsen, Ed.). pp. 73pp. Kalamazoo, MI. New Issues/ Western Michigan University Press.


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.

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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