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Mary Karr is an award-winning poet, a best-selling author and a songwriter. Her published volumes of poetry include “Abacus,” “The Devil’s Tour,” “Viper Rum” and “Sinners Welcome.” In 1995, Karr published her first best-selling memoir, the “The Liar’s Club.” She followed it with the popular sequels “Cherry” and “Lit: A Memoir.” Her poems and essays have also been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry and Parnassus. For her work, Karr has received Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award and a PEN/Martha Albrand Award, among other honors. Her latest book is the nonfiction “The Art of Memoir” (HarperCollins), which blends her expertise as professor and her experience as a writer and spiritual seeker to provide a unique perspective on the crafting of memoirs. Karr lives in New York and is the Peck professor of English literature at Syracuse University.

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Mary Karr