Discipline: Literature – poetry

Cate Marvin

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Staten Island, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2008

Cate Marvin is an American poet. She graduated from Marlboro College, University of Houston, University of Iowa, and University of Cincinnati with a Ph.D. She has taught at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and Columbia University. She teaches in the English Department of Colby College. Her poetry collections include World’s Tallest Disaster (2001), which won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. Marvin uses her work to explore how English language literary traditions butt up against American English in forms traditional and innovative, narrative and lyrical. In 2009 Marvin co-founded VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts (with poets Erin Belieu and Ann Townsend), an organization that seeks to “explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women” in contemporary culture. Her many honors include the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize (2002), a Whiting Award (2007), and Guggenheim Fellowship (2015). Marvin has taught poetry at Lesley University’s Low-Residency M.F.A. program and is professor of creative writing at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She will be a visiting professor at Colby College during the 2016-17 academic year.



Cate Marvin worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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