Mary Ruefle is an American poet, essayist, and professor. She has published eleven collections of poetry, most recently, Trances of the Blast (Wave Books, 2013). Her new collection, My Private Property, is due from Wave Books in September. Her collection of prose, The Most Of It, appeared in 2008, and her collected lectures, Madness, Rack, and Honey, in 2012; both are published by Wave Books.
She has appeared in many magazines and journals including The American Poetry Review, Verse Daily, The Believer, Harper’s Magazine and The Kenyon Review, and in the anthologies Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002).
The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania in 1952 but spent her early years traveling around the U.S. and Europe. She graduated from Bennington College in 1974 with a degree in Literature. She currently teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.