Mary Karr | Presenter

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Mary Karr, Ph.D is an award-winning poet and New York Times best-selling memoirist, and the Jesse Truesdell Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University.

She is the author of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling memoirs The Liars’ Club, Cherry, and Lit. Her latest book, The Art of Memoir, is a master class on the fastest-growing literary genre. It debuted at #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List and was blanketed in stellar reviews. Mary's book for graduates based on her acclaimed 2015 Syracuse “Gift of Fear” commencement speech, Now Go Out There (and Get Curious), has become a perennial graduation gift book. Her next book of poems, Tropic of Squalor, comes out summer of 2018.

In 2015 Syracuse University awarded Karr an honorary doctorate in humane letters.

Karr made her debut as a songwriter with the release of Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell.

She is an in-demand speaker on her career, writing, alcoholism, mental health, faith and spirituality, Catholicism, sexual abuse, and more.