Mary Biddinger

Born: 1974

Mary Biddinger is a writer, editor, and professor who lives in Akron, Ohio. She is Professor of English at the University of Akron, where she is on the faculty of the NEOMFA creative writing program. Her most recent books are Partial Genius: Prose Poems (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) and Department of Elegy (Black Lawrence Press, 2022). Biddinger’s current project is a flash fiction novella about the adventures of graduate school roommates in late-1990s Chicago. Biddinger has received the mid-career Cleveland Arts Prize in Literature (2019), as well as several Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards in Creative Writing for her poetry. She was also the recipient of a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in poetry. Source