Mark Cox teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at UNC-Wilmington, where he served as founding chair. His honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Society of Midland Authors Poetry Prize, and a Burlington-Northern Faculty Achievement Award.

Cox has a 32-year publication history in prominent magazines and has served as poetry editor of Passages North and Cimarron Review. He has received fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, the Kansas Arts Commission, the Vermont Council on the Arts, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and has served as Poet‑in‑Residence at The Frost Place. His books are Barbells of the Gods (Ampersand, 1988), Smoulder (Godine, 1990), Thirty‑Seven Years from the Stone (Pitt Poetry Series, 1998), Natural Causes (Pitt Poetry Series, 2004), Sorrow Bread: Poems 1984-2015 (Serving House, 2017), and Readiness (Press 53, 2018). In 2011, he edited Jack Myers’ posthumous volume, The Memory of Water (New Issues).

Photo credit: Adrianne Mathiowetz, 2018


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