Poetry. The time: creeping toward the millennium, yet before Y2K panic inspires everyone to stockpile bottled water and cheap wine. The place: a Midwestern metropolis with echoes of Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit, a city trying to preserve the past as a future arrives with gut rehabs and shuttered churches. The dramatis personae: corner bar denizens, bad girls with big plans, novels and their writers, a petulant lake, flocks of grandmothers with rosaries, a wrecking ball or two. Mary Biddinger's fourth full-length collection of poems, SMALL ENTERPRISE, introduces us to a world of risk and risk management, a continual struggle to stay afloat, and a hot triangular romance between man, woman, and city.
Mary Biddinger is the author of six full-length poetry collections, including PARTIAL GENIUS (Black Lawrence Press, 2019), THE CZAR (Black Lawrence Press, 2016), SMALL ENTERPRISE (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), A SUNNY PLACE WITH ADDEQUATE WATER (Black Lawrence Press 2014), O HOLY INSURGENCY (Black Lawrence Press, 2013), and SAINT MONICA (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). She teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Akron and NEOMFA program, and edits the Akron Series in Poetry for The University of Akron Press. Poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Court Green, Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, Waxwing, among others. Biddinger has been the recipient of three Individual Excellence Awards in poetry from the Ohio Arts Council, and received a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship in 2015. She is currently at work on a new manuscript of small poems about ordinary things.Author City: AKRON, OH USA