Marian Haddad, (مريان حداد) was born in Syria and is now based in San Antonio, Texas. She is a Pushcart-nominated poet, writer, manuscript & publishing consultant, private writing mentor, visiting writer, lecturer and creative workshop instructor. Her collection of poems, Wildflower. Stone., (Pecan Grove Press, 2011), is the press’s first hardback. Yusef Komunyakaa states that this collection, “…celebrates the observable mysteries of daily existence … these poems have dropped all disguises, and each rides the pure joy of music. There are superb leaps and silences that deftly highlight the monumental in simple things.”
Haddad’s chapbook, Saturn Falling Down, was published at the request of Texas Public Radio in correlation with their Hands-on Poetry workshops (2003). Her full-length collection, Somewhere between Mexico and a River Called Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2004) approaches its fifth printing. Her poems, essays, reviews, and articles have been published in various literary journals and anthologies within the United States and Belgium and have been invited for publication in the Middle East.
A National Endowment of the Humanities recipient, she participated in graduate work in philosophy at The University of Notre Dame and studied The Prose Poem at Emerson College. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from The University of El Paso and an M.F.A. from San Diego State, where she was associate editor for Poetry International, Vol. III. Her work has been highlighted on The Hallmark Channel, in The Huffington Post, and has been featured via other media venues.
Her manuscript clients have placed in various national contests and won chapbook and book awards including The Ashland Poetry Prize, The Texas Review Poetry Prize, and The Whitebird Chapbook contest, among others, and have been seim-finalists for The Crab Orchard First Book Award.
Haddad has taught creative writing at Our Lady of the Lake and Northwest Vista College, and International Literature and American Literature at St. Mary’s University. Her works in progress include a collection of essays about growing up Arab American in a Mexican American border town. She writes a blog for the San Antonio Express News.
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