Marianne Boruch

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Marianne Boruch
Born (1950-06-19) June 19, 1950 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Illinois
University of Massachusetts Amherst (MFA)
Notable awardsPushcart Prize (1988, 2001, 2012, 2016)
Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (2013)

Marianne Boruch (born June 19, 1950) is an American poet whose published work also includes essays on poetry, sometimes in relation to other fields (music, visual art, ornithology, medicine, aviation, etc.) and a memoir about a hitchhiking trip taken in 1971.


Born and raised Catholic in Chicago, Boruch was educated in parish schools and spent many summers in Tuscola, Illinois with her grandparents. She graduated from the University of Illinois, then earned her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where her MFA thesis advisor was James Tate. She has taught at Tunghai University in Taiwan, and at the University of Maine at Farmington, going on, in 1987, to develop and direct the MFA program in creative writing at Purdue University where she continues as a professor emeritus.[1][2]

Since 1988, she has also taught semi-regularly in the low-residency MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.[3] On occasion, she's run workshops and given lectures and readings at summer writers' conferences, among them Bread Loaf, the Haystack School of the Arts, Bear River, and RopeWalk.[4]

Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, The Paris Review, The London Review of Books, The Massachusetts Review, The Hudson Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry London,"The New York Review of Books", "The Nation", "Narrative", FIELD, Poetry 180, Poets of the New Century, Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia, Hammer and Blaze: A Gathering of Poets, American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere.

She lives with her husband in West Lafayette, Indiana.




  • View from the Gazebo (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1985)
  • Descendant (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1989)
  • Moss Burning (Oberlin College Press, 1993)
  • A Stick That Breaks and Breaks (Oberlin College Press, 1997)
  • Poems: New & Selected (Oberlin College Press, 2004)
  • Ghost and Oar (chapbook: Red Dragonfly Press, 2007)
  • Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2008; paperback edition, 2010)
  • The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011)
  • Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)
  • Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing (Copper Canyon Press, 2016)
  • The Anti-Grief (Copper Canyon Press, 2019)
  • Bestiary Dark (Copper Canyon Press, 2021)




Her poetry collection, The Book of Hours published in 2013 by Copper Canyon Press, won the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.[7] Her most recent collection, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, was published in 2016 by Copper Canyon Press.

Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation,[8] and the National Endowment for the Arts, and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, The Anderson Center (Red Wing, MN), Hall Farm, Djerassi, and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center.

She's been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and an Artist-in-Residence at two National Parks, Denali and Isle Royale. She was awarded a Fulbright/Visiting Professorship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2012, as well as a fellowship in that University's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. In 2019, she was appointed as a Senior Fulbright Scholar to the University of Canberra, Australia.[9]

  • Residencies/Fellowships, Yaddo, November–December, 2019; January 2016, and May 2014.
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra, Australia, 2019.
  • Fellowships/residencies, the MacDowell Colony, May 2018; May 2016; Nov-Dec, 2005 & 2007.
  • Fellowship/Residency, Djerassi, Woodside, CA, May–June 2017.
  • "Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing" cited in “Best Books of the Year” listing (“Most Loved Books of 2016”) The New Yorker, 2016.
  • The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award (national division), 2015.
  • Artist-in-Residence, Denali National Park, Alaska, 2015.
  • Fellowships/residencies, The Anderson Center, Red Wing, MN, 2015, 2010, 2007, 2008.
  • Visiting Artist Residencies, The American Academy in Rome, 2015, 2009.
  • Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, The Book of Hours, 2013.
  • Fulbright/Visiting Professorship, University of Edinburgh, 2012.
  • Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2012.
  • Gold award for Best Feature, "Cadaver, Speak" in The Georgia Review, The Southeast's GAMMA Awards, 2011.
  • Poems chosen for Best American Poetry, 2016, 2009 and 1997.
  • Residency/Fellowship, The Bellagio Center, the Rockefeller Foundation, 2009.
  • Faculty Fellowship in a Second Discipline, Purdue University, 2008.
  • The Strousse Award, for poems in Prairie Schooner, 2008.
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2005–2006.
  • Artist-in-Residence, Isle Royale National Park, 2006.
  • Pushcart Prizes, 2016, 2012, 2001 and 1988.
  • Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, 1999 and 1984.
  • Terrence Des Pres Award from Parnassus, 1994.


  1. ^ "Faculty Profile". Purdue University. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Alumni Profile". The News-Gazette.
  3. ^ Keyes, Claire (Fall/Winter 2006-2007). "Marianne Boruch and the Art of Surprise". Valparaiso Poetry Review. 8 (1). Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  4. ^ "Marianne Boruch". 2019-07-16.
  5. ^ Boruch, Marianne (2017-04-25). The little death of self : nine essays toward poetry. Ann Arbor. ISBN 9780472073474. OCLC 986539173.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  6. ^ "The Glimpse Traveler Marianne Boruch". Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  7. ^ "$100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award goes to Marianne Boruch". Los Angeles Times. 2013-03-04.
  8. ^ "Marianne Boruch - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 2014-03-14. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  9. ^ "Marianne Boruch". 16 January 1985.