Down East 2013 ©
LEWISTON, Maine -- Language Arts Live, the annual series of author readings at Bates College, begins its 2010-11 season with an appearance by essayist and award-winning poet Marianne Boruch.
Featuring highly regarded writers reading from and discussing their work, Language Arts Live events are sponsored by the English department, the Learning Associates Program, the Bates Humanities Fund, the programs in African American studies and American cultural studies, and the John Tagliabue Poetry fund.
The series resumes on Oct. 11 with novelist Debra Sparks.
"Boruch's superb instinct for the structure of free verse and her fine eye for daily life have won her national respect," wrote Publishers Weekly. "Few readers will come away unimpressed by the supple care Boruch takes in depicting her everyday scenes."
Boruch has won awards for her six collections of poetry, of which the most recent is "Grace, Fallen From" (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). Her poems have been featured in publications such as The New Yorker, The Yale Review and Poetry London.
She graduated from the M.F.A. Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published two books of essays, the most recent being Poetry's Old Air (University of Michigan Press, 1995). Her poems and prose have appeared in collections such as "Poets of the New Century," "The Best American Poetry, 2009" and the "Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry."
Boruch has received numerous awards, including the Strousse Award, two Pushcart Prizes and two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has had residencies at the Anderson Center, The American Academy in Rome and The Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy.
She has taught at the University of Maine Farmington and Warren Wilson College. She currently teaches English and directs the M.F.A. writing program at Purdue University. She plans to release a memoir, "The Glimpse Traveler," next year.
"Her poems often give fresh examples of how rare and thrilling it can be to notice," said fellow poet Robert Pinsky.