Quitman Marshall

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Lecturer in English


M.A., American University

Quitman Marshall was born and grew up in Columbia, SC, moved to Barcelona, then D.C., Amherst, and New York City, before returning to his home state in 1990. In Washington, where he received his M.A. in literature at American University, he studied with Henry Taylor and Howard Nemerov, in Amherst with James Tate, and in New York with David Ignatow and Charles Simic. For most of the 1990's he coordinated the Sundown Poetry Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, and then was the founding coordinator of the Literary Series at Spoleto Festival USA. The latter presented renowned poets and writers to full houses in the Dock Street Theater. He's a former chair of the Board of Governors of the SC Academy of Authors and a founding board member of the SC Book Festival.

His chapbooks include THE BIRTH GIFT, 14th STREET, and THE SLOW COMET. His manuscripts-in-process include WHAT MADE US (poems), SWAMPSPIRIT (narrative), and THE BLOODY POINT (novel). He has taught literature and writing to students at every level from elementary school to college. In 1996 he won the Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. He moved to Paris in 1999, and since 2001 has lived in Beaufort with his wife, Martine, and their two daughters.