Tony Hoagland writes that Mary Ruefle combines "the spiritual desperation of Dickinson with the rhetorical virtuosity of Wallace Stevens" in a "poetry at once ornate and intense; linguistically marvelous, yes, but also as visceral as anything you are likely to encounter." Ruefle has written across several genres—including the comic book, erasure poetry, and essays—and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Award.
Organized and hosted by poet, literary critic, and UCLA distinguished professor emeritus Stephen Yenser. Cosponsored by the UCLA Department of English and the UCLA Department of Cultural and Recreational Affairs.
Coffee, tea, and book signing with the author to follow.
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