Marianne Boruch

Indiana, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012



Marianne Boruch has written eleven books of poetry, including Bestiary Dark, The Anti-Grief, Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, Cadaver. Her collection, The Book of Hours, received the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award in 2013.  She's published a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, and three essay collections about poetry: The Little Death of Self; In the Blue Pharmacy; and Poetry’s Old Air.  Her poems have appeared  in the New Yorker, Narrative, American Poetry Review, The London Review of Books, FIELD, Poetry, The Rumpus, The New York Review of Books, Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Believer, New England Review, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. Among her awards are Pushcart Prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, as well as stints as artist-in-residence at two National Parks, Isle Royale and Denali. In 2012, she was a Fulbright/visiting professor in the U.K. at the University of Edinburgh; in 2019, a senior research Fulbright scholar at the University of Canberra in Australia.  She taught at Purdue University where she developed the MFA program before going rogue and emeritus in 2018. Since 1988 she's been on faculty at the Warren Wilson low-residency Graduate Program for Writers. She lives in West Lafayette, IN with her husband where they raised their son.



  • POETRY: Bestiary Dark; The Anti-Grief; Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing; Cadaver, Speak; The Book of Hours; Grace, Fallen from; Poems New and Selected; A Stick that Breaks and Breaks; Moss Burning; Decendant; View from the Gazebo. ESSAYS: The Little D , Copper Canyon Press, Wesleyan University Press, Oberlin College Press (poetry); Trinity University Press, U of Michigan Press (essay collections), Indiana Univ. Press (memoir)


  • Fulbright Scholarships to Scotland and Australia; Fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award; Pushcart Prizes, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, Artist-in-Residencies at Isle Royale and Denali Nation


  • Professor Emerita of English at Purdue University, Professor 1987-2018; Professor Emerita, 2018-present; Warren Wilson College, low-residency MFA, 1988-present


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Massachusetts, Amherst (June 1979)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry