Marie Howe

Born: 1950

Marie Howe was born in 1950 in Rochester, New York. She worked as a newspaper reporter and teacher before receiving her MFA from Columbia University in 1983. Howe is the author of New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton, 2024); Magdalene (W. W. Norton, 2017), which was long-listed for the National Book Award; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (W. W. Norton, 2009), which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; What the Living Do (W. W. Norton, 1998); and The Good Thief (Persea Books, 1988), which was selected by Margaret Atwood for the 1987 National Poetry Series. What the Living Do is in many ways an elegy for Howe’s brother, John, who died of AIDS in 1989. In 1995, she coedited the anthology In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (Persea, 1995). The poet Stanley Kunitz called her poetry “luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life.” Howe has taught at Tufts University and Dartmouth College, among other institutions. In 2018, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. She currently teaches at both New York University and Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York City. Source