Mara Adamitz Scrupe


New Canton, VA
Virginia US

Author's Bio

Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a visual artist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her publications include four full poetry collections: REAP a flora (2023, Shipwreckt Books), in the bare bones house of was (2020, Brighthorse Books Prize in Poetry), Eat The Marrow (2019, erbacce-press Poetry Book Prize/ UK; shortlisted 2020 Rubery Book Award/ UK), and BEAST (2014, Stevens Manuscript Publication Prize, National Federation of State Poetry Societies/ U.S). She has selections in generational anthologies by Southword/ Munster Literature, Stony Thursday, and 64 Best Poets/ Black Mountain Press, and poems in key UK and US journals includingThe London Magazine, Mslexia, Magma, Abridged, and The Poetry Business/ Smith Doorstop. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry, she has won or been shortlisted for significant literary awards including Arts University Bournemouth International Poetry Prize, Magma Pamphlet Publication Award, Gregory O’Donohugh International Poetry Prize, Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize and National Poetry Society UK. She serves concurrently as Lance Williams Resident Artist in the Arts & Sciences, University of Kansas, and Dean and Professor Emerita, School of Art, University of the Arts Philadelphia.



Publications & Prizes

REAP a flora (Shipwreckt Books, 2023)
In the Bare Bones House of Was (Brighthorse Books, 2020)
a daughter's aubade/ sailing out from Sognefjord (Middle Creek Publishing and Audio, 2019)
Eat the Marrow (erbacce-press, 2019)
Beast (National Federation of State Poetry Societies, 2015)
Magnalia (Eyewear Publishing, 2018)
Sky Pilot (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
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Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a poet and visual artist; she is the author of six published and forthcoming  poetry collections, BEAST, (winner, 2014 Stevens Manuscript Prize NFSPS Press, 2014), Sky Pilot (Finishing Line Press Chapbook Competition, 2012), Magnalia, (2018 Eyewear Press Chapbook Competition), A Daughter’s Aubade/ sailing out from Sognefjord (winner, Fledge Poetry Competition, Middle Creek Press, 2019), In the Bare Bones House of Was (Brighthorse Press Poetry Book Prize winner, 2019) and Eat the Marrow (Erbacce Press, Erbacce Prize in Poetry 2019). She is also the winner of the 2019 Canterbury International Arts Festival (UK) Kent Prize/ Poet of the Year as well as the 2018 Grindstone Literary International Poetry Competition. Her poems have appeared in The London Magazine, Mid America Review, Maine Review, Comstock Review, Off the Coast, Narrative Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, Bare Fiction, Matador Review, Ruminate, Crosswinds Review, Crab Creek Review and Sentinel Quarterly Literary Review (UK), among others. She has won or been shortlisted for numerous literary awards including Fish Poetry Prize, BigCi Environmental Writing Fellowship (Australia), Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (UK), Erbacce Poetry Prize, The Plough Poetry Prize, Ron Pretty Poetry Prize (Australia), Periplum Book Award (Plymouth University, UK), Sentinel Quarterly Book Award (London), Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Prize (UK), Cornwall Poetry Festival Competition (UK), University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Award (Australia), and the National Poetry Society Competition (UK).

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Polish American
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Minneapolis, MN
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Minneapolis, MN
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Last update: Jun 20, 2023