Marvin Bell

b. 1937
Marvin Bell

Marvin Bell was born in New York City. He received his bachelor’s degree from Alfred University, his master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and then entered the University of Iowa for a Master of Fine Arts degree. Marvin Bell has taught such writers as Rita Dove, John Irving and Joy Harjo and has won numerous honors for his work. Named Iowa’s first Poet Laureate in 2000, he was on the faculty at the University of Iowa until 2005. Bell has toured with the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band of writers that includes, among others, Stephen King and Amy Tan.

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion