Mark Turcotte- Visiting Writer in Residence, Spring 2014


Mark Turcotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is author of four poetry collections, including The Feathered Heart and Exploding Chippewas. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in many literary journals, including TriQuarterlyPOETRY, Hunger Mountain, Rosebud, Prairie SchoonerKenyon ReviewPloughsharesSentence and The Missouri Review.   

He was the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Literary Grant, and has been awarded two Literary Fellowships by the Wisconsin Arts Board. He was a writer-in-residence for the National Book Foundation’s “American Voices” project, and was awarded a Lannan Writer’s Residency in Marfa, Texas. His poem, The Flower On, was part of the Poetry Society of America’s Poetry In Motion project, which placed poetry placards on public transportation in cities across the United States. His work is included in the NEA/Poetry Foundation high school recitation project Poetry Out Loud.  In recent months he has been invited to share his work from Boston to Santa Fe to Fargo to Montepellier, France.

Turcotte served as the 2008-2009 Visiting Native Writer at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  He lives in Chicago where he is Visiting Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing at DePaul University.