Marlys West, a native of Louisiana, has two degrees in English–a BA from St. Mary’s College in Maryland and an MA from the University of Virginia. She has also received an MFA in poetry writing from the University of Texas’s Michener Center for Writers, where she received graduate and postgraduate fellowships. She received a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University and a 2003 NEA grant for poetry. The University of Akron Press published her book of poems, Notes for a Late Blooming Martyr in 1999, of which Naomi Shihab Nye has said, “Marlys West’s poems do jazz with our brain. What a refreshing wonder she is! We thank her for the stunning dazzle-dare of her lines and their spiky twists of art.” While at St. Mary’s, Marlys will be polishing her new manuscript of poetry and will present a reading of her new work to the campus community on Wednesday, Oct. 29 2003.
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