Mark Wagenaar

Assistant Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences 223


Mark Wagenaar is the 2016 winner of Red Hen Press’ Benjamin Saltman Prize for his forthcoming book, Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining. His first two, The Body Distances (A Hundred Blackbirds Rising), and Voodoo Inverso, won UMass Press’ Juniper Prize and U of Wisconsin Press’ Pollak Prize, respectively. He has also won a number of poetry prizes, including the James Wright Prize, the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, and the Pablo Neruda Prize. Mark has over 200 publications, and his work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, Tin House, 32 Poems, Field, Southern Review, Image, and many others. He has taught at a number of schools, including Ole Miss as the Summer Poet-in-Residence, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the Halls Poetry Fellow, and the University of Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of North Texas, an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in English from the University of Northern Iowa, and a BA from Graceland University.

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