Marianne Boruch

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

Department Information

English // Faculty

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • 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 eight collections of poetry—Cadaver, Speak and The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon, 2014 and 2011), Grace, Fallen from (Wesleyan, 2008); Poems New & SelectedA Stick that Breaks and Breaks and Moss Burning (Oberlin, 2004, 1997, 1995); Descendant and View from the Gazebo (Wesleyan, 1989 and 1985)--and two books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations (Trinity, 2005) ; and Poetry's Old Air (Michigan, 1993), 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.

    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, APR, Poetry, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, 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, 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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