Maryann Corbett

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Maryann Corbett

Maryann Corbett (née Zillotti, Washington, D.C.) is an American poet, medievalist, and linguist.[1]

She grew up in northern Virginia. She did her undergraduate work at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia,[2] and graduated with a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota.[3]

Her work has appeared in Southwest Review, Barrow Street, Rattle, River Styx, Atlanta Review, The Evansville Review, Measure, Literary Imagination, The Dark Horse, Italian Americana, Mezzo Cammin, Linebreak, Subtropics, Verse Daily, American Life in Poetry, The Poetry Foundation, The Writer's Almanac, and many other venues in print and online, as well as an assortment of anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2018.[4] She has been a several-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee; a finalist for the 2009 Morton Marr Prize, the 2010 Best of the Net anthology, and the 2011 and 2016 Able Muse Book Prize; and a winner of the Lyric Memorial Award, the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, and the Richard Wilbur Award. Her third book, Mid Evil, is the Wilbur Award winner and has been published by the University of Evansville Press.[5]

She has worked as a writing teacher and master indexer[6] for the Minnesota Legislature, where she has served in the state Office of the Revisor of Statutes for 35 years.[7] She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.[8][9]


Year Sponsor / Prize Result
2016 Able Muse Book Prize Finalist
2014 Richard Wilbur Award[10][11] Won
2011 Able Muse Book Prize Finalist
2011 Best of the Net Finalist
2009 Morton Marr Prize Finalist
2009 Willis Barnstone Translation Prize[12] Won
2008 Lyric Memorial Award Won


Sample poems[edit]


  • [1]In Code, Able Muse Press (November 27, 2020), ISBN 9781773490533
  • [2]Street View, Able Muse Press (September 11, 2017), ISBN 978-1927409909
  • Mid Evil, University of Evansville Press; (January, 2015), ISBN 978-0930982744
  • [3]Credo for the Checkout Line in Winter, Able Muse Press; (September, 2013), ISBN 978-1-927409-14-5
  • [4]Breath Control, David Robert Books; (February 1, 2012), ISBN 9781936370627
  • Dissonance, Scienter Press; (December 1, 2009), ISBN 978-0-9776960-8-6
  • Gardening in a Time of War (Pudding House, 2007). ISBN 978-1-58998-611-4



  1. ^ "Biography". Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-01-15.
  3. ^ "Security by Maryann Corbett". ShatterColors Literary Review. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  4. ^ "Best American Poetry 2018". Simon and Schuster. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Maryann Corbett". The HyperTexts. Retrieved 2014-01-12.
  6. ^ Ward, Bill (2013-05-21). "Push for gender-neutral language continues". Minnesota Star-Tribune. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  7. ^ "Maryann Corbett : Blank Verse and Blinders". The Shit Creek Review. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  8. ^ "Directory of Writers | Maryann Corbett". Poets & Writers. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  9. ^ "Maryann Corbett | bio". Able Muse. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  10. ^ "Biography". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Light Verse News". Light. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Joyce Wilson (ed.). "Poetry Porch : Poets". Poetry Porch. Retrieved 2010-05-02.

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