Mary Karr was born in Groves, Texas. She attended Macalester College and, after taking time off to travel and become involved in the anti-apartheid movement, earned an M.F.A. from Goddard College. Her three major works of poetry are Abacus (1987), The Devil’s Tour (1993) and Viper Rum (1998). She has taught at Tufts University, Emerson College, Harvard University and Sarah Lawrence College, as well as Syracuse University, where she is currently on the faculty. Her poetry and literary essays have been published in literary magazines including Poetry, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly. She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004.
What People are Saying
"I did not expect to fall in love with poetry. I just expected to recite and be done with it. After just sitting there and analyzing my poems, I realized that the stories told through these few words mean so much. I had to step out of myself and step into the author's shoes, and with that comes great work."
Kyla Rose Bates