Observable Readings with Mary Ruefle & Mark Wunderlich

Monday, April 11th, 7pm CST
Photo credits: Matt Valentine (Ruefle), Nicholas Kahn (Wunderlich)
Saint Louis Poetry Center’s Observable series is back for its 18th season!

The Observable series features local and national poets sharing recently published and new work. Originally started in 2003 by poet Aaron Belz, Observable is a key part of the St. Louis poetry landscape, presenting the liveliness and diversity of contemporary poetry.

Series Curators: Dana Levin & J.R. Tappenden

Observable Readings – Spring 2022

Presented in conjunction with Mary Ruefle’s exhibition Erasures

Mary Ruefle & Mark Wunderlich
Monday, April 11
7:00 p.m. (CDT) – Livestream Event
$5 | suggested donation

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MARY RUEFLE is the author of many books of poetry, including Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007) and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. A Little White Shadow (2006), her book of erasures—found texts in which all but a few words have been erased from the page—reveals what Publishers Weekly called “haiku-like minifables, sideways aphorisms, and hauntingly perplexing koans.” A graduate of Bennington College, where she studied literature, Ruefle has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a Whiting Writers’ Award and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Great American Prose Poems (2003), American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006), and The Next American Essay (2002). Ruefle has also published a collection of fiction, The Most of It (2008). Her most recent collection Dunce (2019) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2020 Pulitzer Prize. Ruefle has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont.

MARK WUNDERLICH is the author of The Anchorage (1999), which received the Lambda Literary Award, Voluntary Servitude (2004), The Earth Avails (2014), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and received the 2015 Rilke Prize, and God of Nothingness (2021).  He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Amy Lowell Trust and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.  Wunderlich has taught at Stanford and Barnard College and in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, Ohio University, San Francisco State University and Sarah Lawrence.  As an arts administrator, he has worked at the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers and the Napa Valley Writers Conference.  He holds a BA in German Literature and English from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. Wunderlich lives in the Hudson River Valley and has taught at Bennington since 2004. He became the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars in August 2017.

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Dunce Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940696997
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Published: Wave Books - December 1st, 2020

Selected Poems Cover Image
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Published: Wave Books - August 16th, 2011

My Private Property Cover Image
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Published: Wave Books - September 5th, 2017

The Anchorage: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781558492004
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Published: University of Massachusetts Press - May 13th, 1999

God of Nothingness: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 12th, 2021