Paul Marion

Paul MarionPaul Marion founded Loom Press in 1978. The company has since published chapbooks, broadsides, poetry postcards, anthologies, and full-length books of poetry, prose, photo-documentary work, and more. An author and editor, his works include the poetry collection What Is the City? and Atop an Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings by Jack Kerouac (also available in Italian and French translations). His writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Carolina Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Christian Science Monitor, and Yankee, as well as in other journals across the U.S. and in Canada, Ireland, England, and Japan. His work is represented in many anthologies, including For a Living: The Poetry of Work (Univ. of Illinois Press), Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems (Southern Illinois Univ. Press), and French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets (Louisiana Literature Press).

In the 1980s, he helped shape the new Lowell National Historical Park as an administrator for the Lowell Historic Preservation Commission, U.S. Dept. of the Interior. He helped plan and develop museum exhibitions, the city's first conversion of mill space into artist studios, and the Lowell Public Art Collection. Among his projects was the development of the Jack Kerouac Commemorative, a sculptural tribute. He is one of the founders of the acclaimed Lowell Folk Festival. He is a former Fellow in the Building Community Through Culture program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and in 2008 received a Local Hero award from Community Teamwork, Inc. He was on the executive committee of the Lowell Cultural Plan (1987), the first comprehensive community cultural plan in Massachusetts, and has contributed to all successive cultural planning projects in the city, including the recent Creative Economy plan.

A graduate of UMass Lowell (B.S. in political science, M.A. in community social psychology), he also studied in the MFA Program in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. He is executive director of Community and Cultural Affairs at UMass Lowell.