Jack Marshall (author)

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Jack Marshall

Jack Marshall (born 1936 in Brooklyn, United States) is an American poet and author born to an Iraqi father and a Syrian mother of Jewish heritage.[1]


He was raised speaking Arabic in a Mizrahi Jewish household, ruled by traditional Arab Jewish culture.[2] He attended public school as well as a Hebrew school in his neighbourhood.

Career and accolades[edit]

He is the author of numerous books and poems which reflect and explore his cultural heritage. Two examples, From Baghdad to Brooklyn: Growing Up in a Jewish-Arabic Family in Midcentury America, along with Millennium Fever:Poems, proved very successful. He was awarded the PEN West Award and was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, for From Baghdad to Brooklyn.[3] He is the recipient of two Bay Area Book Reviewers Awards. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008.

Personal life[edit]

Jack discovered his love for literature at the New York Public Library, where he used to attend night classes in poetry with poets Robert Lowell and Stanley Kunitz.[4] He cites History, Geography and Literature as the subjects he is interested in.

He has lived in El Cerrito, California since the early 2000s.[5]


  • The Darkest Continent, For Now Press, (1967)
  • Bearings, Harper & Row, (1970)
  • Floats, Cedar Creek Press, (1971).
  • Bits of Thirst, Blue Wind Press, (1976)
  • Arriving on the Playing Fields of Paradise, Jazz Press, (1983)
  • Arabian Nights, Coffee House Press, (1987)
  • Sesame, Coffee House Press, (1993)
  • Millennium Fever, Coffee House Press, (1996)
  • Chaos Comics, Pennywhistle Press, (1994)
  • Gorgeous Chaos; New & Selected Poems, Coffee House Press, (2002)
  • From Baghdad to Brooklyn Coffee House Press, (October 1, 2005) ISBN 978-1-56689-174-5


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