Mark Irwin

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information
E-mail: mirwin@email.usc.edu
Phone: (213) 821-0477
Office: THH 431


Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website



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

Description of Research

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.
Interests: MONSTER: Distortion, Abstraction, and Originality in Contemporary American Poetry. Book on Contemporary American Poetry & Painting finished in November of 2011




  • Irwin, M. (2008). Tall If. Western Michigan University Press/New Issues Poetry & Prose.
  • Irwin, M. (2004). Bright Hunger. BOA editions Ltd.
  • Irwin, M. (2000). White City. BOA editions Ltd.
  • Irwin, M. (1996). Quick, Now, Always. BOA Editions Ltd.
  • Irwin, M. (1988). Against the Meanwhile. Wesleyan.
  • Irwin, M. (1987). The Halo of Desire. Galileo Pr Ltd.

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  
  • Janalynn Bliss, Creative Writing Graduate Coordinator
  • University of Southern California
  • Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 431
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354