Trustee Professor and Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature
401 Hall of Languages
Mary Karr is an award-winning poet and best-selling memoirist. She is the author of Lit, the long-awaited sequel to her critically-acclaimed and New York Times best-selling memoirs The Liars' Club and Cherry. A born raconteur she brings to her lectures and talks the same wit, irreverence, joy, and sorrow found in her poetry and prose. Karr welcomes conversation with her audience and she is known for her spirited, lively, and engaging Q&A sessions. Her poetry grants include The Whiting Writer's Award, an NEA, a Radcliffe Bunting Fellowship, and a Guggenheim. She has won prizes from Best American Poetry as well as Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and essays. Her five volumes of poetry are Tropic of Squalor (Harper, 2018), which was long-listed for the Pulitzer Prize, Sinners Welcome (HarperCollins, 2006), Viper Rum (Penguin, 1998), The Devil's Tour (New Directions, 1993), and Abacus (Carnegie Mellon, 1986). Her work appears in such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and Parnassus. Karr is the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University and was the weekly poetry editor for the Washington Post Book World's "Poet's Choice" column, a position canonized by Bob Hass, Ed Hirsch, and Rita Dove. She lives in Syracuse, New York, and New York City.
Tropic of Squalor: Poems, by Mary Karr, Harper; 1st Edition edition (May 8, 2018) 96pp., ISBN-13: 978-0062699824
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 6, 2016), 256pp., ISBN-13: 978-0062223074
Lit: A Memoir (P.S.), by Mary Karr, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (June 29, 2010), 432pp., ISBN-13: 978-0060596996
Sinners Welcome: Poems, by Mary Karr, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (November 3, 2009), 112pp., ISBN-13: 978-0060776565
The Liars' Club: A Memoir, by Mary Karr, Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 31, 2005), 352pp., ISBN-13: 978-0143035749
Cherry, by Mary Karr, Penguin Books (September 1, 2001), 276pp., ISBN-13: 978-0141002071
Viper Rum by Mary Karr, Penguin Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 2001), 96pp., ISBN-13: 978-0142000182
The Devil's Tour, by Mary Karr, New Directions (April 17, 1993), 51pp., ISBN-13: 978-0811212311
Memoir and Poetry
(July 2, 2018)
New book by Peck Professor Mary Karr highlights irreverent brand of poetic faith
(Oct. 27, 2015)
Acclaimed memoirist and poet to speak Nov. 4.