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Mary Ruefle (born 1952) is an American poet, essayist, and professor. She has published eleven collections of poetry, most recently, Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013). 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.
She has been widely published in magazines and journals including The American Poetry Review Verse Daily, The Believer, Harper's Magazine, and The Kenyon Review, 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).
The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1952, but spent her early years traveling around the U.S. and Europe. She graduated from Bennington College in 1974 with a degree in Literature. She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Awards and honors
- 1984 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.
- 1995 Whiting Award
- 1998 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 1999 Frost Place residency
- 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship: Mary Ruefle: Poetry: 2002
- 2007 Lannan Foundation residency
- 2011 William Carlos Williams Award for Selected Poems
- 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award finalist in Criticism for Madness, Rack, and Honey
- 2014 Robert Creeley Award
Full-length Poetry Collections
- Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013)
- Selected Poems, wavepoetry.myshopify.com, 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)
- The Most of It (Wave Books, 2008)
- Madness, Rack, and Honey Collected Lectures (Wave Books, 2012)
- "Pause". Granta (131: The Map is Not the Territory). Spring 2015. (Online Edition Only)
- Mary Ruefle official website, featuring erasure work, maryruefle.com; accessed December 15, 2015.
- The American Poetry Review>July/Aug 2002 Vol. 31/No. 4, aprweb.org; accessed December 15, 2015.
- Mary Ruefle: A Custom of Mourning (Spring 2009 • Vol. XXXI • No 2), kenyonreview.org; accessed December 15, 2015.
- Lehman, David (2013). The Best American Poetry 2013. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781476708140.
- Profile, The Whiting Foundation website; accessed December 15, 2015.
- Lannan Foundation: Past Residents, lannan.org; accessed December 15, 2015.
- John Williams (January 14, 2012). "National Book Critics Circle Names 2012 Award Finalists". New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Robert Creeley Foundation". robertcreeleyfoundation.org. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- Library of Congress Online Catalog: Mary Ruefle
- Academy of American Poets: Mary Ruefle Bio
- Ploughshares Authors: Mary Ruefle
- Poetry Foundation: Mary Ruefle
- The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor> A Certain Swirl, writersalmanac.publicradio.org
- Verse Daily > Mary Ruefle: Speak, Zero, versedaily.org
- Review by Kathleen Rooney of The Most of It (March/April 2009), bostonreview.net
- Review of Apparition Hill, constantcritic.com
- Mary Ruefle: Ballad, poolpoetry.com
- Video: UC - Berkeley Webcast: Mary Ruefle > Lunch Poems, berkeley.edu
- Video: UCTV - Mary Ruefle: Lunch Poems", uctv.tv
- Mary Ruefle: The Bench, harpers.org