March 2005 Archives

Mark Nowak, Documentary Labor Poet

“Nowak relies on his life as a person…with the sturdy underpinning of class…and brings it back, humming. And sleek with seeing and hearing! We get a sharp eye, a literary & philosophical broadening of what used to be labeled ‘working class poetry,’…deepened with a hard but contemporary lyric and narrative. A much needed parade.? —Amiri Baraka, from the afterword of Shut Up Shut Down.


Mark Nowak is the author of The New York Times Editor's Choice book of poems, Shut Up Shut Down (Coffee House Press 2005), the critically acclaimed debut book of poems Revenants, the editor of XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, and co-editor with Diane Glancy of Visit Teepee Town: Native Writings After the Detours. He has received two Jerome Foundation grants and a McKnight Foundation grant for XCP, as well as a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. He grew up in Buffalo, New York and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with his wife Mambí Maestra Arrastía and their daughter, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at College of St. Catherine and is active in the labor movement.

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