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Books Signed by Mary Adams
Mary Adams defies classification as a poet. Yes, she is a formalist, one of the best writing in America today, but she is also a poet of surprising and sometimes disconcerting wit and erudition that give her poetry a memorable texture. I have known Mary ever since she came to teach in Western Carolina University's English department. She is one of the most verbally gifted writers I've ever met, and I am always dazzled by the way she makes language come alive. When Dana Gioia telephoned her with the good news that she had just been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, we all celebrated. Mary is a poet who deserves a much wider audience.
||Mary Adams received degrees in creative writing from the U. of Iowa
Writers' Workshop and the University of Houston. Her honors include
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment
for the Humanities, and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. She lives
in the mountains with a few dozen pets. From N.C. Arts Council
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