S267. Ecstatic Lyric: A Reading and Conversation with Mary Ruefle and Brenda Shaughnessy, Sponsored by Kundiman and Wave Books

Ballroom E, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Two of the country’s preeminent poets read from their work and discuss the lyric sensibility, obsessions (poetic and otherwise), and what American poetry needs the most. Moderated by poet and editor Matthew Zapruder.



Matthew Zapruder is an editor for Wave Books. He teaches poetry as a member of the Core Faculty of the MFA Program at St. Mary's College of California. His newest book of poems, Sun Bear, will be published by Copper Canyon in spring 2014.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Our Andromeda, a finalist for the 2013 Griffin Poetry Prize. Her other books are Human Dark with Sugar, winner of the James Laughlin Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Harpers, McSweeney’s, the Nation, The New Yorker, and Paris Review. She is a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and assistant professor of English in the MFA Program at Rutgers University at Newark.

Mary Ruefle is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Trances of the Blast and Indeed I Was Pleased with the World. Her book Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award, and her Selected Poems won the 2011 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. She is also an erasure artist, whose treatments of 19th-century texts have been exhibited in museums and galleries and published in her book A Little White Shadow. She teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center