Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a poet and visual artist; she has created significant bodies of work in poetry, artists books, sculpture, installation, and social practice. Her art projects have received wide recognition with exhibitions and permanent commissions in the U.S., Europe and China. Her essays and critical reviews have been published in magazines and periodicals and reprinted in art history volumes.
Her awards in the visual arts and poetry include the National Endowment for the Arts/CEC ArtsLink fellowship, the District of Columbia Individual Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Montalvo Center for the Arts, Djerassi Foundation, the Irish Museum of Modern Art Residency Programme (Dublin), and USF Verftet-AiR/Bergen, Norway.
Adamitz Scrupe is the author of two poetry collections, Sky Pilot (Finishing Line Press, 2012) and BEAST (NFSPS, 2015). Eyewear Press (London, UK) will publish her new chapbook collection, Magnalia, set for release in late 2017.
Mara Adamitz Scrupes poems have appeared in Bare Fiction, Comstock Review, Off The Coast, Narrative, Ruminate, Crosswinds Review, Crab Creek Review, Axon, Sentinel Quarterly Review, and many other literary journals and anthologies. In 2015 Adamitz Scrupes poem Arillus won commendation in the International Poetry Competition of the Poetry Society (UK), and she has won or been shortlisted for the Eyewear Press Lorgnette Chapbook Series (London), Fool for Poetry Pamphlet Competition (Ireland), Erbacce Poetry Prize (UK), Periplum Book Award (UK), Bright Hill Press Book Prize, Sentinel Poetry Book Competition (London), Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (UK), Canterbury Poetry Festival Prize (UK), Ron Pretty Poetry Prize (Australia), and the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellors Poetry Award (Australia).
A Minneapolis native, Adamitz Scrupe received her BA from Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota and her MFA from Bard Colleges Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts in New York. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally and occupied the first Barbara Bishop Endowed Chair in Art at Longwood University in Virginia. She also held the inaugural Alan F. Rothschild Distinguished Professorship at Columbus State University in Georgia and currently serves as Professor of Fine Arts at The University of the Arts in Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She divides her time between Philadelphia and Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives on a farm with her husband.