Marianne Boruch grew up in Chicago, went to college at the University of Illinois and earned her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts. She developed the MFA program in creative writing at Purdue University and was its director until 2005. She now teaches at Warren Wilson College. Boruch is the author of six full-length poetry collections, including Grace, Fallen from; Poems: New & Selected; A Stick That Breaks and Breaks; Moss Burning; Descenda, and View from the Gazebo. She has published two books of essays: In the Blue Pharmacy and Poetry's Old Air. Her poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Yale Review and Georgia Review, among others. She has been awarded two NEA fellowships and a Guggenheim fellowship. Her current project is studying cadavers and writing poems from their points of view.