Professor of English, MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment
Debra Marquart is a professor in the Department of English and the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals such as North American Review, Three Penny Review, New Letters, River City, Crab Orchard Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, The Sun Magazine, Southern Poetry Review, Orion, and Witness.
Marquart's essays have recently been anthologized in The Best Creative Nonfiction, published by W.W. Norton in 2007 and The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction published by Longman in 2009 among others. In the seventies and eighties, Marquart was a touring road musician with rock and heavy metal bands. Her collection of short stories, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories draws from her experiences as a female road musician. Marquart continues to perform with a jazz-poetry rhythm & blues project, The Bone People, with whom she has released two CDs: Orange Parade (acoustic rock); and A Regular Dervish (jazz-poetry).
Marquart’s work has received numerous awards and commendations, including the John Guyon Nonfiction Award (Crab Orchard Review), the Mid-American Review Nonfiction Award, The Headwater’s Prize from New Rivers Press, the Minnesota Voices Award, the Pearl Poetry Award (Pearl Editions), the Shelby Foote Prize for the Essay from the Faulkner Society, and a Pushcart Prize. In 2008, Marquart was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship.
A performance poet, Marquart is the author of two poetry collections: Everything's a Verb and From Sweetness. Her memoir, The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere, published by Counterpoint Books in 2006, received an Editors' Choice commendation from the New York Times, an "Elle Lettres" Award from Elle Magazine, and was awarded PEN USA's 2007 Creative Nonfiction Award. She is currently at work on a novel, set in Greece, and a poetry collection, Small Buried Things.
- office: 303 Ross
- office hours: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Tuesday/Thursday or by appointment.
- office phone: (515) 294-3173
- cell phone: (515) 290-7731
- email: email@example.com
- personal website: debramarquart.com
- Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
- Travel Writing
- Performance Poetry
- Intermedia Arts
RECENT JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS: PROSE
- "After the Fire." The Normal School. (Forthcoming 2012).
- "Whisker Meditations." Georgetown Review. 13.1 Spring/2012: 98-100.
"Ephemera." Cream City Review. 36.1 Spring/Summer 2012: 207-218.
- "Losing the Meadow." Alligator Juniper. Spring 2012: 36-43.
- "The Other Woman." Bellingham Review. Spring 2012: 34-42.
- "The Art of Cheer." Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball. Ed. Todd Davis. Michigan State University Press, 2011; 101-108.
- "Those Desirable things." Event Magazine. 40.1 (2011): 27-31.
- "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Weather." Quavering Between Song and Story: Essays for the 21st Century. Ed. Sheryl St. Germain. Autumn House Press, 2011: 167-176.
- “Chores.” Writing with a Thesis: College-Level Textbook. Heinle Languages, UK. Ed. Sarah E. Skwire, 2010.
- “Some Things About that Day.” The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction (5th Edition). New York: Longman, 2009: 177-178.
- “Chores.” Real Essays with Readings: Writing Projects for College, Work, and Everyday Life (3rd Edition). Ed.Susan Anker, New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009.
- “Perils of Travel.” Cadences: Literary Journal, Cyprus College, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2009: 29-38.
- “Refusing Nostalgia: On Geographical Flight and Cultural Amnesia.” On Second Thought:The Journey Stories Issue. Bismarck: North Dakota Humanities Council, 2010. Print or online.
- Refusing Nostalgia.” Home/Land: The New Symposium Proceedings, Paros 2008. International Writing Program, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. 2008.
RECENT JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS: POETRY
- "Couples Traveling." Narrative Magazine. (Forthcoming 2012).
- "Door-to-Door." Narrative Magazine. (Forthcoming 2012).
- "Scent." Southern Poetry Review 50.1 (Sept. 2012).
- "Memorabilia." Southern Poetry Review 50.1 (Sept. 2012).
- Thugs." Comstock Review. Forthcoming 2012.
- "Balance." Opium Magazine. 11/2/2011. <www.opiummagazine.com/Index.aspx?storyid=2898>
- "Nil Ductility." Mississippi Review 38.3 (2011): 114-117.
- “Greyhound Days.” The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine 33 (2010).
- “Cell.” The Ledge Poetry and Fiction Magazine 33 (2010).
- “Somewhere in a House Where You are Not.” Don’t Leave Hungry: Southern Poetry Review’s 50th Anniversary Anthology, 2009: 202-203.
- “Somewhere, In a House Where you are Not,” Southern Poetry Review. 46.2 (2009): 34-35.
- "Greyhound Days." Red Weather 27 (2008): 33-34.
- “Bookmobile.” Oberon Poetry Review 5 (2007): 91.
- “Chill Factor.” RUNES, A Review of Poetry: Connection. Winter (2007): 56-57.
- “Buoy” Rattle: Poetry for the 21st Century. 13.2 (2007): 93.
- “Lazerland Outing with Boys” River Styx International 75 (2007): 79-80.
- “Silos.” Red Weather 26 (2007): 10-11.
- "To the Woman Who Tore the Word "Husband" from the Oxford English Dictionary." North American Review 290.5 (2005): 41.
- "On the Corner of Hunger & Thirst." Many Mountains Moving: A Literary Journal of Diverse Contemporary Voices 5.2 (2003): 6-7.
- "Usual Magic." Many Mountains Moving: A Literary Journal of Diverse Contemporary Voices 5.2 (2003): 5.
- "Drats." Connecticut Review 24.2 (2002): 71-72.
- "The Falling Man." River City 22.1 (2002): 111-112.
- "Beating up the Brother." Mississippi Review 30.1-2 (2002): 47-48.
- "Within Moments." North American Review 286.2 (2001): 5.
RECENT WORK IN BOOKS/ANTHOLOGIES
of Looking at the Weather.” Quavering Between Song and Story: Essays for
the 21st Century. Ed.
Sheryl St. Germain. Autumn House Press,
About that Day,” The Fourth Genre:
Contemporary Writers Of/On Creative Nonfiction. (6th Edition.)
Pearson Longman, Boston. 2011:
“Chores.” The Best Creative Nonfiction, Volume 1. Ed. Lee Gutkind. New York: Norton, 2007: 44-52.
- "Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Weather." Prairie Weather: Harvest Book Series. Ed. Steven Semken. North Liberty, IA: Ice Cube Press, 2005: 45-54.
- "Picchiavamo Nostro Fratello." "Beating Up the Brother," Trans. To Italian. Andrea Sirotti and Giorgia Sensi. Men/Uomini: Ritratti Maschili Nella Poesia. 2004: 18-19.
- "This New Quiet." Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction. Dubois, PA: Mammoth Books, 2003: 51.
- "Dylan's Lost Years." Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction. Dubois, PA: Mammoth Books, 2003: 52.
- "Things Not Seen in a Rear View Mirror." Pushcart Prize Anthology XXVI: Best of the Small Presses. NY: Pushcart Press, 2001. 497-504.
- "To Kill a Deer." Dutiful Daughters: Reflecting on Our Parents as They Grow Old. Ed. Jean Gould. Seattle: Seal Press, 1999. 17-38.
MA - Master of Arts (Creative Writing). Iowa State University, Iowa. 1993.
MLA - Master of Liberal Arts. Moorhead State University, Minnesota. 1990.