About Mary RuefleMary Ruefle, born in 1952 in the suburbs of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, is an American poet and writer whp was the Poet Laureate of Vermont 2020. She is the author of eleven collections of poetry including Dunce (Wave Books, 2019), finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize and longlister for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry; My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016); Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013); A Little White Shadow (Wave Books, 2006), an art book of “erasures,” a variation on found poetry; The Adamant (1989), winner of the 1988 Iowa Poetry Prize; and Memling’s Veil (University of Alabama Press, 1982).
Many of her writings have appeared in American literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Verse Daily, The Believer, Harper's Magazine or The Kenyon Review. Her poems have also appeared in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002).
She is is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. She teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College and is the poet laureate of Vermont. In 2020, she was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow.
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