Poet and essayist MARY RUEFLE was born outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent her youth moving around the United States and Europe with her military family. Her books of poetry include My Private Property; Indeed I Was Pleased with the World; and The Adamant, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also author of the essay collection Madness, Rack, and Honey, as well as a book of erasures, A Little White Shadow. She 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. Ruefle has taught at Vermont College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives in Vermont.