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Any Holy City
Any Holy City
by Mark Conway
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Any Holy City
by Mark Conway
Award Winner: 2003
Finalist in 2007 for The PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry

Confident, compassionate, ever mindful of how easily how willingly we can "lose track/of what we sacrifice," Mark Conway's Any Holy City charts the uneasy beauty of our broken, breakable conditions as human beings. The poems give stirring testimony to how despite our resistance to a mortality that each tomorrow seems to stand for we are fallen and falling: "and falling/is the prayer," a prayer at once both sacred and profane; and, in Conway's hands, a lovely reckoning with the losses we take away inside us. -- Carl Phillips

Mark Conway recently won the Aldrich Poetry Competition, a chapbook contest judged by Robert Pinsky, was a prizewinner in the 2003 Grolier Competition, and was awarded a McKnight Foundation Artists' Fellowship for Writers judged by Li-Young Lee. His work has appeared in The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Gettysburg Review, in the "Poetry Sampler" of the Boston Review (introduced by Lucie Brock-Broido), Agni, Bomb, The Journal, COLUMBIA: A Journal of Literature and Art, Harvard Review and just appeared in the "Emerging Writers" issues of Ploughshares.

He has been awarded fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, The Jerome Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Ragdale Foundation. He was John Atherton Scholar for Poetry at Bread Loaf and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His entries on contemporary poets will appear in the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (2003). Conway holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College, and he's poetry editor of Post Road. He's the director of the Literary Arts Institute of the College of Saint Benedict and Project Logos: The Center for Creative Writing at Saint John's University.