Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum

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An Evening of Poetry and Prose

Mon, September 26, 2022
Dinner Program
Mary Ruefle

In describing Mary Ruefle’s poems, the poet Tony Hoagland said, “Her work combines the spiritual desperation of Dickinson with the rhetorical virtuosity of Wallace Stevens. The result (for those with ears to hear) is a poetry at once ornate and intense; linguistically marvelous, yes, but also as visceral as anything you are likely to encounter.” Drawing from these depths, Mary Ruefle will read and reflect on her poetry.

Ms. Ruefle’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Source: https://poets.org/poet/mary-ruefle)

Photo credit: Matt Valentine and the Poetry Foundation

Raised both in United States and Europe with her military family, Mary Ruefle has published over a dozen books of poetry, including Dunce (2019), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012) and the work of fiction The Most of It (2008). A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures uses found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page.

Ruefle earned a BA from Bennington College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American PoetryGreat American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002).

Ruefle has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Ms. Ruefle’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Source: https://poets.org/poet/mary-ruefle)

Photo credit: Matt Valentine and the Poetry Foundation

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