Mary Ruefle

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Mary Ruefle (born 1952) is an American poet, essayist, and professor. She has published eleven collections of poetry, most recently, My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016). Ruefle's debut collection of prose, The Most Of It, appeared in 2008 and her collected lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, was published in August 2012, both published by Wave Books.[1]

She has been widely published in magazines and journals including The American Poetry Review,[2] Verse Daily,[3] The Believer,[4] Harper's Magazine,[5] and The Kenyon Review,[6] and in such anthologies as Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002).[7]

The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1952,[8] but spent her early years traveling around the U.S. and Europe. She graduated from Bennington College[7] in 1974 with a degree in Literature. She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts[7]. In 2011 she served as the prestigious Bedell Distinguished Visiting Professor[9] at the University of Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program.

Awards and honors[edit]

Published works[edit]

Full-length Poetry Collections

  • Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013)
  • Selected Poems,, 2010 (William Carlos Williams Award, 2011)
  • Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2007)
  • A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006)
  • Tristimania (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2004)
  • Apparition Hill (CavanKerry Press, 2002)
  • Among the Musk Ox People (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2002)
  • Post Meridian (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1999)
  • Cold Pluto (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1996; Classic Contemporary version 2001)
  • The Adamant (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1989)
  • Life Without Speaking (University of Alabama Press, 1987)
  • Memling's Veil (University of Alabama Press, 1982)

Prose Collections


  • Madness, Rack, and Honey Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012)


  • "Pause". Granta (131: The Map is Not the Territory). Spring 2015.  (Online Edition Only)


  1. ^ Mary Ruefle official website, featuring erasure work,; accessed December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ The American Poetry Review>July/Aug 2002 Vol. 31/No. 4 Archived 2008-07-04 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed December 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Daily, Verse. "Verse Daily Archives". (in ENG). Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  4. ^ "The Believer - Contributors: Mary Ruefle". The Believer. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  5. ^ "Mary Ruefle | Harper's Magazine". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  6. ^ Mary Ruefle: A Custom of Mourning (Spring 2009 • Vol. XXXI • No 2)[permanent dead link],; accessed December 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Mary Ruefle". Contemporary Authors Online. 2014 – via Gale Literature Resource Center. 
  8. ^ Lehman, David (2013). The Best American Poetry 2013. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781476708140. 
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  10. ^ Profile, The Whiting Foundation website; accessed December 15, 2015.
  11. ^ Lannan Foundation: Past Residents,; accessed December 15, 2015.
  12. ^ John Williams (January 14, 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Robert Creeley Foundation". Retrieved March 19, 2015. 

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