|Occupation||Poet, Editor, Academic|
Mary Biddinger is the author of the poetry collection Prairie Fever (Steel Toe Books, 2007). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, 32 poems, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Ploughshares, Weave Magazine, and Third Coast. Her chapbook Saint Monica was published by Black Lawrence Press in May 2011, and her poem "Population: 41,685," originally published in Memorious, was featured in the Dzanc Books Best of the Web 2010. Her second full-length collection of poems, O Holy Insurgency, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2013, and her third full-length collection of poems, A Sunny Place with Adequate Water is forthcoming in 2014, also from Black Lawrence Press.
She is an Associate Professor in the Department of English  at the University of Akron, and was Director of the NEOMFA: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program from 2009-2012. Biddinger teaches courses in poetry writing, craft and theory of poetry, and literature.
Biddinger is the Editor of the Akron Series in Poetry, which sponsors the annual Akron Poetry Prize and publishes three poetry collections every year. She is also on the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Competition editorial jury. Biddinger also serves as co-editor, with John Gallaher, of the Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics at the University of Akron Press. The first volume, titled The Monkey and the Wrench: Essays into Contemporary Poetics, was published in January, 2011.
Mary Biddinger received an Honors B.A. in English with a Creative Writing Subconcentration from the University of Michigan. She also holds an MFA in Poetry from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. in English with Creative Dissertation from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- Prairie Fever, February 2007
- Saint Monica, June 2011, Black Lawrence Press
- O Holy Insurgency, forthcoming 2012, Black Lawrence Press
- Mary Biddinger's poem "Risk Management Memo: Small Enterprise" in Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts (25.1).
- Mary Biddinger's Website
- Biddinger's profile on the University of Akron Website
- Biddinger's profile at the NEOMFA Website
- Biddinger's profile at Poets & Writers