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Poet Fred Marchant on Poet Fred Marchant as told to Lauren Macios ( Mass, Poetry)
I edited and provided an introduction to Another World Instead: The Early Poems of William Stafford, 1937-1947, published by Graywolf in 2008. In addition, I have co-translated (with Nguyen Ba Chung) two books of Vietnamese poetry, From a Corner of My Yard by Tran Dang Khoa, and Con Dao Prison Songs, by Vo Que. I have published poems, reviews, and essays in literary journals in this country, in Ireland and the U.K., and in Vietnam.
For over thirty years I taught at Suffolk University in Boston, and am now an Emeritus Professor of English and the founding co-director of the Suffolk University Poetry Center. I continue to teach writing workshops in a number of other venues, including the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and the SF Bay Area Veteran Writing Group.
I have been awarded residencies at Ucross, Yaddo, the McDowell Colony, and the Heinrich Boll Cottage. Over the years I have served on the Executive Board of PEN New England and the Advisory Board of the Poets’ Theatre in Cambridge MA. In 2009, the New England Poetry Club conferred upon me the May Sarton Award, an award given to a poet whose work has been an inspiration to other poets.