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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Mary Karr

Karr portrait

Trustee Professor

Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature

English

401 Hall of Languages

315.443.9476

mmkarr@syr.edu


Biography

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.

Books

  • Tropic of Squalor: Poems

    Tropic of Squalor: Poems

    Tropic of Squalor: Poems, by Mary Karr, Harper; 1st Edition edition (May 8, 2018) 96pp., ISBN-13: 978-0062699824

  • The Art of Memoir

    The Art of Memoir

    The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (September 6, 2016), 256pp., ISBN-13: 978-0062223074

  • Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)

    Lit: A Memoir (P.S.)

    Lit: A Memoir (P.S.), by Mary Karr, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (June 29, 2010), 432pp., ISBN-13: 978-0060596996

  • Sinners Welcome: Poems

    Sinners Welcome: Poems

    Sinners Welcome: Poems, by Mary Karr, Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (November 3, 2009), 112pp., ISBN-13: 978-0060776565

  • The Liars' Club: A Memoir

    The Liars' Club: A Memoir

    The Liars' Club: A Memoir, by Mary Karr, Penguin Books; Reprint edition (May 31, 2005), 352pp., ISBN-13: 978-0143035749

  • Cherry

    Cherry

    Cherry, by Mary Karr, Penguin Books (September 1, 2001), 276pp., ISBN-13: 978-0141002071

  • Viper Rum

    Viper Rum

    Viper Rum by Mary Karr, Penguin Books; Reissue edition (September 1, 2001), 96pp., ISBN-13: 978-0142000182

  • The Devil's Tour

    The Devil's Tour

    The Devil's Tour, by Mary Karr, New Directions (April 17, 1993), 51pp., ISBN-13: 978-0811212311

Areas of Supervision

Memoir and Poetry

News

Tropic of Squalor

(July 2, 2018)

New book by Peck Professor Mary Karr highlights irreverent brand of poetic faith

Mary Karr Next Author in Raymond Carver Reading Series

(Oct. 27, 2015)

Acclaimed memoirist and poet to speak Nov. 4.