Marianne Boruch

Indiana, United States

Marianne Boruch has written eight books of poetry,  including the recent Cadaver, Speak. Her collection, The Book of Hours, received the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award in 2013.  She's published a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler, and two essay collections about poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy and Poetry’s Old Air.  Recently she's had poems in The New Yorker, Narrative, American Poetry Review, The London Review of Books, Field, Poetry and elsewhere, and 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 a stint as artist-in-residence at Isle Royale, our most isolated National Park. In 2012, she was a Fulbright/visiting professor in the U.K. at the University of Edinburgh. She teaches at Purdue University where she developed the MFA program, and since 1988 she's also been on faculty in the Warren Wilson low-residency Graduate Program for Writers. 


  • POETRY: Cadaver, Speak (2014); 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: In the Blue Pharmacy; Poetry's Old Air. MEMOIR: The Glimpse Traveler , Copper Canyon Press, Wesleyan University Press, Oberlin College Press (poetry); Trinity University Press, University of Michigan Press (essay collections), Indiana University Press (memoir)


  • Fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, an Artist-in-Residence spot at Isle Royale National Park


  • Professor of English at Purdue University, 1987-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