January Poetry Discussion {Mary Ruefle!} and Open Mic Night!

This month, we'll be reading and discussing the poetry of Mary Ruefle! The poetry discussion begins at 5 PM, and the open mic begins at 6. Please keep readings to five minutes as to allow time for all to share!

Mary Ruefle

1952–

Mary Ruefle was born in Pennsylvania in 1952. Her father was a military officer, and she spent her early life traveling throughout the United States and Europe. She graduated from Bennington College in 1974 with a degree in literature.

Ruefle has published many books of poetry, including most recently Dunce (Wave Books, 2019), longlisted 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 (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).

She is also the author of a book of collected lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey (Wave Books, 2012); a book of prose, The Most of It (Wave Books, 2008); and a comic book, Go Home and Go To Bed (Pilot Books/Orange Table Comics, 2007).

About Ruefle’s poems, the poet Tony Hoagland has 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.”

Ruefle 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 lives in Bennington, Vermont, and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.

Event date: 
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1150 E. Walnut Street
Springfield, MO 65806
Dunce Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781940696850
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Wave Books - September 10th, 2019