Marcus Wicker

Associate Professor

Patterson 429
Office Hours
By appointment


B.A. 2006, Western Michigan University
MFA 2010, Indiana University

Academic Summary

Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review's Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and the Fine Arts Work Center. His first book Maybe the Saddest Thing (2012), a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker's poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review. His most recent collection, Silencer (2017), was released from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Marcus teaches in the MFA program. He is the poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review and co-founding editor at SIR Press.

Reviews of Silencer

"These fiercely lyrical narratives stand in the crosshairs of the political moment." - starred review in Publisher's Weekly

"Few books of poetry will disarm readers, render them devastated, then just as easily restore a sense of passion and reverie as this collection by Wicker, a profoundly talented and inimitable author." - Diego Báez, starred review in Booklist

"Over and over, Wicker's rage alchemizes into a stunning rhythmic lifeblood that gives pulse to every verse. And yet, woven throughout the collection are gentler lines, too, ones of warmth and of love, that will break your heart twice over." - Caitlin Youngquist, The Paris Review

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