Mary Ruefle

Mary Ruefle - Poster Mary Ruefle was born in Pennsylvania. Her father was a military officer and she spent her early life traveling the U.S. and Europe. She graduated from Bennington College in 1974 with a degree in Literature.

Ms. Ruefle is a master poet who has published many books of poetry, including Selected Poems; A Little White Shadow; an art book of "erasures," a variation on found poetry; Tristimania; Among the Musk Ox People; Apparition Hill; Cold Pluto; Post Meridian; The Adamant, winner of the 1988 Iowa Poetry Prize; Life Without Speaking; and Memling's Veil. Ruefle is also the author of two books of prose, The Most of It, and Madness, Rack, and Honey, plus a comic book, Go Home and Go To Bed.

She is the recipient of numerous previous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Selected Books

Book Plate 2014 Mary Ruefle selected the following books to be added to the Acton Memorial Library’s collection. Each has a signed bookplate (left).

Nightwood, Djuna Barnes
lucky coat anywhere, Michael Burkard
Unsleeping: Poems, Michael Burkard
Beautiful Losers, Leonard Cohen
The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Lydia Davis
The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickenson's Envelope Poems, Emily Dickenson
Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman
Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton, Alfred Starr Hamilton
Classical Chinese Poetry: An Anthology, David Hinton
Winter Sun Notes on Vacation, Fanny Howe
Agua Viva, Clarice Lispector
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Gerardo Mosquera
Bluets, Maggie Nelson
A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel, Tom Phillips
One Hundred Poems from the Japanese, Kenneth Rexroth
One Hundred Poems from the Chinese, Kenneth Rexroth
Devotions, Bruce Smith
""Masquerade" and Other Stories, Robert Walser
World Poetry an Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time, Katharine Washburn


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