Although a New Yorker by birth Marc Woodward has been a lifelong resident of rural England. His writing reflects his surroundings in the remote West Country, often with a dark undercurrent – and a degree of wry humour.
He has been widely published in journals, anthologies and online.
He was writer-in-residence at The Wellstone Center in Santa Cruz, CA. in 2018, shortlisted for the 2018 Bridport Prize, won the 2019 Keats’ Footsteps Prize, and was commended for the 2020 Acumen Poetry Prize and the 2020 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.
His collections include A Fright of Jays (Maquette Press 2015),
Hide Songs (Green Bottle Press 2018),
and The Tin Lodes, written in collaboration with well known poet and English professor Andy Brown, (Indigo Dreams 2020).
His latest collection Shaking The Persimmon Tree will be published by Sea Crow Press in early 2022.
In addition to writing he is also an accomplished musician who has recorded, performed, and taught internationally.
He was recently diagnosed with ‘mild early onset Parkinson’s Disease’ and this is touched upon in a number of his newer poems.
Beautifully crafted poems…that sing in the dark of darkness
…stories of moonlight and wildlife in the strange small wildernesses of the south west. In its strongest passages the relationship with the landscape is both brutal and beautiful – hints of the sublime and the realistic one finds in Jack Clemo or Ted Hughes.
Ink, Sweat and Tears.
[Woodward]…achieves a level of observational exactitude, empathy, and at times, quite frankly, psychological menace, which many would fail to muster in a full-length collection.
Marc Woodward is the factotum of a gruff, stubbled country of hedgerows, pubs and disrepair. In poems populated by rescued animals and women, silky transformations, hangovers, fishermen and pub gigs, as well as fifty different ways of describing the changing skies of the West Country, there is always a notable quality of craft present. Like John Burnside’s poetry, Woodward writes gently and concentratedly about things vanishing and uncertain.
The Blue Nib
This is a very fine collection, a closely observed and well-researched piece of work that succeeds in operating on several different levels at once. The collaboration is seamless and a testament to the way these two writers have worked so well together on this project. Fully recommended.
Quill & Parchment [review of The Tin Lodes]
He blogs at www.marcwoodwardpoetry.blogspot.co.uk