English Faculty, Students to Pay Tribute to Mark Craver

Posted: February 11, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

In celebration of a newly published book, Say When, written by the late Mark Craver, the English Department is hosting a poetry reading of his work at 8 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the Concert Hall Grand Tier. Craver, MA English ’83, MFA Creative Writing ’84, and adjunct English faculty member at George Mason for 18 years, died in January 2004, apparently of a heart attack, at the age of 47.

Faculty and students will read selected works and the new Mark Craver Poetry Award will be introduced. The event is being coordinated by poet and professor Peter Klappert. It is free and open to the public.

Craver was the author of several other books of poetry, including The Problem of Grace, Seven Crowns for the White Lady of the Other World and Blood Poems, and They Come for What You Love. He also taught for many years at two Fairfax County public high schools, Hayfield Secondary School and Lake Braddock High School. He received his BA in philosophy from the College of William and Mary.

At the time of his death, Craver had essentially completed work on Say When. Four of his friends familiar with his work reviewed the manuscript and earlier drafts of the poems and helped prepare them for publication. The book is available through Orchises Press, a small literary and general publishing company owned and operated by Roger Lathbury, professor of English at Mason.

A tribute to Mark Craver, which includes memoirs from friends and an anthology of his poems, was published in the recent issue of George Mason’s literary journal Phoebe.

For more information about the event, call the English Department at 703-993-1160.

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