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Meet the Curator: Mark Wunderlich
Presented as part of First Fridays in Grand Center
In conjunction with Observable Readings and Mary Ruefle’s exhibition Erasures, poet and exhibit curator Mark Wunderlich gives a celebratory toast and brief introduction to Ruefle’s work. Refreshments will be served.
For more information about the exhibition, visit https://stlouispoetrycenter.org/erasures/
Event attendees are required to wear a mask, and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance to High Low.
ABOUT THE ARTIST & CURATOR
Mary Ruefle is author of over a dozen books of poems, essays, and short fiction, including Dunce (2019), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2020 Pulitzer Prize, My Private Property (2016), Indeed I Was Pleased with the World (2007), and The Adamant (1989), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey (2012), the work of fiction The Most of It (2008), and A Little White Shadow (2006), a book of erasures. A full-color facsimile of her erasure An Incarnation of the Now was published in a limited edition by See Double Press. A graduate of Bennington College, where she studied literature, and a resident of Bennington, Vermont, Ruefle is the recipient of numerous honors, including an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Whiting Award.
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.
Mary Ruefle, “Friends in Fur and Feathers,” 2006, 6 x 9 inches (image courtesy of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum)
Photo credits: Nicholas Kahn (Wunderlich)