Everything’s a Verb


“Debra Marquart’s poetry is anchored to her North Dakota roots, yet has the punch of a writer who has left that locale and toured for eight years with a heavy metal band. She looks back on her childhood, her family, her sense of place, not with nostalgia but with a lyricism and wit that take the reader on his or her own fascinating journey through Americana. She looks forward to finding her place in society as a strong, independent woman, and confronts some of the harsher realities of what that experience means in our world. The directness of her lines, the music of her voice, and the edge she achives through her ironic twists and turns, make a compelling book, a stunning debut for a poet we’ll all want to follow.”

—Mary Swander, author of Driving the Body Back and Heaven-and-Earth House

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Debra Marquart’s books include two poetry collections–Everything’s a Verb (New Rivers Press 1995) and From Sweetness (Pearl Editions 2002)–and a short story collection, The Hunger Bone: Rock & Roll Stories (New Rivers Press 2001), which draws on her experiences as a road musician. Marquart’s work has received a Pushcart Prize, the Shelby Foote Nonfiction Prize from the Falkner Society, the Headwaters Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Prose Fellowship. In 2019, Marquart was named Poet Laureate of Iowa.


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