Marianne Boruch was born in Chicago, survived its parochial schools, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, and later—after working as a searcher of lost books at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library—her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has published eight books of poetry, most recently Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), and two essay collections, Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan) and In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana), about hitchhiking from Illinois to California in 1971.
Her work has appeared in many periodicals, among them The New Yorker, Poetry London, American Poetry Review, The London Review of Books, Field, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review. Her awards include Pushcart Prizes and spots in Best American Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center; a Fulbright Professorship to Scotland, residencies at MacDowell and elsewhere as well as a stint as artist-in-residence at Isle Royale, our most isolated National Park. Her 7th collection, The Book of Hours, was awarded the Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Prize in 2013.
She has taught at the University of Maine at Farmington and, since 1987, at Purdue University where she developed and directed the MFA program in English. In addition, she has taught over two decades in the low-residency Program at Warren Wilson College. She's been on the poetry faculty at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and at the Indiana University, Bear River, and RopeWalk summer conferences.