College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Cate Marvin

Cate Marvin

Office : Building 2S Room 227
Phone : 718.982.3680
Fax : 718.982.3643

Degrees :
BA, Marlboro College
MFA, University of Houston
MFA, University of Iowa
PhD, University of Cincinnati

Biography / Academic Interests :
Cate Marvin, a professor in creative writing at CSI since 2003, seeks to introduce her writing students to the formal innovations and challenges that the writing of poetry offers. The founder of the Armand Schwener Reading Series, she brings eight poets and fictions writers to campus on an annual basis, so that CSI students may be afforded the opportunity to interact with nationally acclaimed authors. Although Professor Marvin conducts her writing classes as “workshops” in which students critique one another’s writing, she places great emphasis on the relationship between the reading and writing of literature and encourages her students to look to the work of published authors as potential models for their own writing. She expects her students to operate under the assumption that no writer can write well without having read widely, avidly and voraciously. Professor Marvin believes that good writing requires ambition, a lack of self-censorship, deep feeling toward the subject at hand, a drive to communicate clearly to the reader, and a healthy attitude toward the sheer hard work that revision requires.

Scholarship / Publications :
A working poet, Professor Marvin empathizes with her students when they are confronted with the difficult task of creating poems, especially those that respond to assignments requiring the expectations demanded by traditional forms. Her first book of poems, World’s Tallest Disaster, chosen by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize, was published by Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, Professor Marvin was awarded the prestigious Kate Tufts Discovery Award  “for an emerging poet of genuine promise.” In January of 2006, the anthology she edited with poet Michael Dumanis of 85 emerging American poets titled Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century was published by Sarabande Books. She recently completed her second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, which  is forthcoming from Sarabande Books in August 2007.