Mary Karr

b. 1955
Mary Karr

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 do Poetry Out Loud because the everyday me is very shy and easily stumbles over words, mangling meaning and botching simple conversations. Yet, when I recite poetry it is an opportunity for me to become someone else––an embodiment of the poem. Slowly, step by step, I think Poetry Out Loud is helping me to become a braver, more confident person, even if I still tremble when I get on stage."
Rose Horowitz
2016 ME POL Champion