Discipline: Literature – poetry

Marianne Boruch

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: West Lafayette, IN
MacDowell Fellowships: 2005, 2007, 2016, 2018, 2020

Marianne Boruch is the author of 10 poetry collections, most recently The Anti-Grief (2019), Eventually One Dreams The Real Thing cited by The New Yorker as a "Best Loved Book of 2016,” Cadaver, Speak (2014) and The Book of Hours (2011), a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner, all from Copper Canyon Press. Other honors include fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation as well as visiting artist residencies at Bellagio, the American Academy in Rome, and two National Parks, Denali and Isle Royale. Her prose includes three books of essays about poetry, and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana University Press. 2011). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Nation, Field, The New York Review Of Books, Narrative, and elsewhere.

At MacDowell in 2018, she completed her 10th book of poems, The Anti-Grief, and wrote two "wee" essays (toward a collection in progress), and was much influenced by a sign in the laundry room which read "Be Kind to Yourself." That meant: relax—your poems and essays have a mind of their own.

During her residency in 2020, she completed a first draft of her 11th collection of poems, a book-length sequence about Australian wildlife. She worked from her notes and recollections of her observations she did as a Fulbright Scholar in Australia in 2019.


Delta Omicron

Marianne Boruch worked in the Delta Omicron studio.

Delta Omicron Studio was funded by members of the international musical fraternity in 1927. The building design is somewhat medieval in character, with an unusual cedar shingle pattern, a steeply pitched slate roof, intersecting gables, and small windows. After a 2016 deep-energy renovation, Delta Omicron is now one of the most energy efficient studio on the property…

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