is the author of three volumes of poetry, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time (2008); The Good Thief (1998); and What the Living Do (1997), and co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic (1994).
Howe's acclaimed second book, What the Living Do, addressed the grief of losing a loved one. It is in large part an elegy to her brother, John, who died of AIDS. "Each of them seems a love poem to me," says Howe. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others.
Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. She has, in addition, been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships.
Currently, Howe teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University.
“Marie Howe's poetry is luminous, intense, and eloquent, rooted in an abundant inner life. Her long, deep-breathing lines address the mysteries of flesh and spirit, in terms accessible only to a woman who is very much of our time and yet still in touch with the sacred.”
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