Other literary forms
Although Marvin Bell published mainly poetry, he wrote essays about poetry in Old Snow Just Melting: Essays and Interviews (1983). Bell also collaborated with poet William Stafford on two books, Segues: A Correspondence in Poetry (1983) and Annie-Over (1988). He also made a sound recording of The Self and the Mulberry Tree (1977) for the Watershed Foundation. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies, and in 1998, he published some of his collected poems in Wednesday: Selected Poems, 1966-1997 in Ireland.
Bell has extensive editing experience, first with Statements (1959-1964), which he founded, and later as poetry editor for the North American Review (1964-1969) and the Iowa Review (1969-1971). Partly because of his long association with the Iowa Review and the University of Iowa, he was twice interviewed at length by the editors of the Iowa Review: in the winter edition of 1981 and in the fall issue of 2000.