Marianne Boruch

Marianne Boruch

Professor // English
Emeriti Faculty

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M.F.A., University of Massachusetts, 1979



Creative Writing

Research Areas:
Poetry Writing; 20th-century poetry

Marianne Boruch (Professor, MFA, University of Massachusetts 1979) is a poet who has taught at Purdue since 1987, developing and directing the M.F.A. Program since its beginning in 1987 until 2005. Her work includes nine collections of poetry—Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing; Cadaver, Speak; The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon 2016,  2014 and 2011), Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan, 2008); Poems New & SelectedA Stick that Breaks and BreaksMoss Burning (Oberlin, 2004, 1997, 1995); Descendant; View from the Gazebo (Wesleyan, 1989 and 1985)--and three books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations (Trinity, 2005) ; Poetry's Old Air and the forthcoming The Little Death of Self: Nine Essays toward Poetry (Michigan’s “Poets on Poetry” series, 1993 and 2017) as well as a memoir about a 1971 hitchhiking trip, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011).  Her poetry collection, The Book of Hours, was given the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award in 2013, and the recent Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing was chosen by The New Yorker as a “Most Loved Book” of 2016. Her poems and essays have appeared in such places as The New Yorker, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Poetry London, FIELD, Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, The London Review of Books, The Yale Review, APR, Poetry, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, 2015, 2009 and 1997; Poets of the New Century; Poetry 180, and elsewhere. Her awards include four Pushcart Prizes, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Glick Award for Indiana Writers (national division) and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, The American Academy in Rome, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at two national parks, Isle Royale and Denali.

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