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Literature & Authors Links

Powell’s selection of “must-reads” set in the Pacific Northwest

List of Pacific Northwest Authors

Critical Thinking


Learning Resources for OCCC Students


Citation Machine: A handy tool to help you properly cite source material

MLA Citation Style Guide

Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore was an American poet, born in St. Louis in 1887.  She graduated from Bryn Mawr College 1909, and began work as a librarian and later as the acting editor of the Dial, one of the foremost journals of its time. Moore was perhaps best known for winning the Pulitzer Prize for her poetry, Collected Poems (1951). Read ‘Poetry,’ by Marianne Moore.

Fun fact: In 1955, Marianne Moore was asked to name a new vehicle for the Ford Motor Company. Despite her laudable submissions, including “Mongoose Civiqu” and “Utopian Turtletop,” FoMoCo opted instead for “Edsel.” More about this and other facets of Moore’s life are available on her Wikipedia page.