Mario Chard

Mario Chard

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Mario Chard is the author of Land of Fire (Tupelo Press, 2018), winner of the 2016 Dorset Prize, named a 2018 Notable Debut by Poets & Writers Magazine, and winner of the 2019 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. His work has appeared widely in journals and magazines, including The Nation, The New Yorker, and Poetry, among others, and his honors include the “Discovery” Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University before moving to Georgia, he now lives in Smyrna.

Poem in the Parks: “‘As Saint Mark Says They Mustn’t'”

Mario Chard poem
“As Saint Mark Says They Mustn’t” by Mario Chard on the Michelle Obama Trail

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