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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  William Marr  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction Other Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1936 in Taiwan

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Illinois Connection

William came to the United States in 1961 as an engineering student. In 1969, he joined Argonne National Laboratory, in DuPage County, Illinois, as a researcher, and has lived in Downers Grove since that time.

Biographical and Professional Information

William Marr came to this country from Taiwan in 1961 and received his master's degree in mechanical engineering from Marquette University in 1963 and his PhD degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1969. After twenty seven years with Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, he retired from his engineering profession in 1996 to devote his full time and energy to his true passion-- poetry and art. Considered one of the world's leading contemporary poets writing in Chinese, his English poetry is also highly regarded and was hailed as one of the collectable Chicago poets. So far he has published 21 volumes of poetry (two in English, the rest in Chinese), two books of essays and several books of translations. His poems are included in over one hundred anthologies, ranging from high school and college literary textbooks to special collections, including 300 Best New Poems 1917-1995, published in Taiwan, 300 Best Chinese New Poems, published in China, and Oxford English: An International Approach Student Book 2. Some of his poems have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also edited and published several anthologies of Chinese and Taiwanese modern poetry. A former president of the Illinois State Poetry Society, he also pursues other artistic interests including painting and sculpting and has held several solo as well as group exhibits in the Chicago area, Beijing, and on the Internet. He was one of the participants at an art show in Beijing during the celebration of the 2008 Olympics. His Website, The Art World of William Marr, displays some of his literary and artistic works. A bi-lingual book, also entitled The Art World of William Marr, written by two Chinese professors summarizing his achievements in poetry, prose, translation, painting, and sculpting, was published in China in 2010.

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Titles At Your Library

Autumn Window
ISBN: 0963754793

Arbor Hill Press. 1996

This is William Marr's first book of poetry in English. The poems in this book are translations of his own selected poems originally written in Chinese.

Between Heaven and Earth
ISBN: 145129090X

PublishAmerica. 2010

A master of lyrical layers along with the beauty and brevity of his Chinese heritage, he enhances his skill with the spontaneity and flavor of his adopted American homeland. His humor, insight and tenderness are universal his control of such rich ingredients is sure-handed. --Glenna Holloway/Each (poem) is a window opening onto beauty and fluency. There is every shade of happiness and sadness, anger and peace…. Their effortless renderings of a civilized mind in touch with an often mad world are part of their mystery.--Li-Young Lee/His concise yet highly symbolic poetry, with a deep sense of humanity, adds a new dimension to the rich tradition of Chinese poetry…. He bridges the gap between new and old, and between East and West.--Hong Kong Literature Monthly

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