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Mary Ann Samyn

Professor; Coordinator, Creative Writing

Mary Ann Samyn is the author of five full-length collections of poetry—My Life in Heaven, winner of the 2012 FIELD Poetry Prize (Oberlin College Press, 2013), Beauty Breaks In (New Issues, 2009), Purr (New Issues, 2005), Inside the Yellow Dress (New Issues, 2001), and Captivity Narrative (Ohio State UP, 1999)—and two chapbooks—The Boom of a Small Cannon (Dancing Girl Press, 2010) and Rooms by the Sea (Kent State UP, 1994). Her poems have appeared in Field, Colorado Review, Kenyon Review, The Ohio Review, The Journal, Third Coast, Verse, Mid-American Review, Pleiades, and elsewhere. She received her MA from Ohio University and her MFA from The University of Virginia where she was a Hoyns Fellow. Among her awards are a creative artist grant from ArtServe Michigan, the Emily Dickinson Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the James Wright Poetry Award from Mid-American Review, and a Pushcart Prize. She’s also received Eberly College and WVU Foundation awards for outstanding teaching and research, the Gaston Caperton Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing and the Benedum Distinguished Scholar in the Humanities Award, and she currently holds the Bolton Professorship for Teaching and Mentoring.


  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
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