Mary Szybist is an American poet. She grew up in Pennsylvania, earned her B.A. and M.T. from the University of Virginia, and attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Teaching-Writing Fellow.
Szybist's Incarnadine was the recipient of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry, and her collection Granted won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books and the 2004 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. In a feature on NBCCA poetry finalists, the Christian Science Monitor wrote: "...with her intelligence and understated grace, Szybist may become one of the best-known writers of her generation."
Szybist's poetry has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry, Tin House, and The Kenyon Review, and The Best American Poetry 2008.
Szybist is an assistant professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and a faculty member at the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. She also has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Iowa, the Tennessee Governor’s School for Humanities, the University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, and West High School in Iowa City.