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Olivet College announces poet-in-residence
Feb 13, 2009

Mary Ann Samyn has been named Olivet Colleges poet-in-residence for the 2009 Intensive Learning Term (ILT), according to an announcement by Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., Humanities Department chair and associate professor of humanities. The department received more than 40 applications for the annual Sandburg-Auden-Stein Residency, which is named after poets who visited Olivet in the 30s and 40s. Applications were sent from 22 states and the District of Columbia, as well as two countries.

During the colleges ILT session, which runs from April 27 to May 15, Samyn will live on campus and teach a poetry writing class. She will also host two public events, including a reading of her work and a stand-alone discussion on a subject of her choice.

Samyn, who lives in Morgantown, W. Va., earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oakland University in 1992, a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis on creative writing from Ohio University in 1994, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and poetry from the University of Virginia in 1996.

Her poems have been featured in numerous journals, including Colorado Review, New York Quarterly, Controlled Burn, Columbia Poetry Review, Quarterly West and Mid-American Review, as well as several anthologies. She is also the author of four full-length books of poetry, including her latest collection, Beauty Breaks In, which will be released this year from New Issues Press.

In addition to being a published author, Samyn has taught at several colleges and universities, as well as many writing retreats and conferences. She currently serves as associate professor of English and creative writing, and Bolton Professor of Teaching and Mentoring at West Virginia University.


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