Biographies Marvin Bell (1937-)

Marvin Bell was born in New York City in 1937. He is the author of close to twenty poetry collections, including A Probable Volume of Dreams (1969), a Lamont Poetry Selection of the American Academy of Poets; Stars Which See, Stars Which do not See (1977); and, most recently, Vertigo; The Living Dead Man’s Poems (2011). His honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. Bell served as Iowa’s Poet Laureate from 2000 to 2002 and taught for forty years at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington and Iowa City, Iowa.

Audio Recordings of Marvin Bell

  • Marvin Bell and Shirley Kaufman reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Mar. 24, 1981

Selected Works at the Library of Congress