Discipline: Literature – poetry

Mary Ruefle

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Bennington, VT
MacDowell Fellowships: 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2018

Mary Ruefle is a poet, prose writer, and erasure artist whose most recent book is My Private Property (Wave Books, 2016). Her collected lectures, Madness, Rack, And Honey, was a finalist for the National Book Crtics Circle Award, and her Selected Poems won the Williams Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her work appears regularly in magazines and anthologies, including Granta, Harpers, and Best American Poetry. At MacDowell in 2018, she completed a new book of poems and completed an erasure text of an 18th century book, and continued work on an extended prose project. Her time at the Colony was crucial to each of these endeavors. She also read Middlemarch for the first time!



Mary Ruefle worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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