School of the Arts Faculty

Gail Mazur

Senior Distinguished Writer-in-Residence (1996)

B.A. Smith College
M.A. Lesley College

Gail Mazur

Gail Mazur's seventh collection of poems, Forbidden City, will be published by University of Chicago Press in 2016. Previous books include, Figures in a Landscape (2011), Zeppo's First Wife: New & Selected Poems, (2005) winner of the 2006 Massachusetts Book Award, and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Paterson Poetry Prize. She is author of four earlier books of poetry: Nightfire; The Pose of Happiness; The Common; and They Can't Take That Away from Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001.

In addition to her role at Emerson, Mazur is the Founding Director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, a weekly poetry reading series she ran for 29 years. She was a fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College; a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute; the recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation's Distinguished Artist Award; and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Recent poems have appeared or will appear in The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, Agni, The Hudson Review, The Harvard Review, Plume, Memorious, The New Ohio Review, The Cincinnati Review, Salamander, Tuesday, The Plume Antholgy 2015, 50 Years Salmagundi Magazine, and in the forthcoming The Golden Shovel: a Gwendolyn Brooks Antholgy. Essays appear in Field and in the forthcoming University of Michigan Press Poets on Poets Series, Jane Cooper.

She lives in Cambridge and Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she teaches a summer workshop and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center. Mazur also teaches in the Favorite Poem Project Teachers Institute at Boston University, founded and directed by Robert Pinsky.

Interviews with Mazur and reviews of her work can be found at her website.

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