Rosmarie Waldrop & Marjorie Welish

Rosmarie Waldrop’s Driven to Abstraction came out from New Directions at the end of 2010. Other recent books of poetry are Curves to the Apple, Blindsight, Splitting Images, and Love, Like Pronouns. Her Collected Essays, Dissonance (if you are interested), was published by University of Alabama Press in 2005. Two novels, The Hanky of Pippin’s Daughter and A Form/of Taking/It All are available in one paperback (Northwestern UP, 2001). She has translated 14 volumes of Edmond Jabès’s work (her memoir, Lavish Absence: Recalling and Rereading Edmond Jabès, is out from Wesleyan UP) as well as books by Emmanuel Hocquard, Jacques Roubaud, and, from the German, Friederike Mayröcker, Elke Erb, Oskar Pastior, Gerhard Rühm and Ulf Stolterfoht. She lives in Providence, RI. where she co-edits Burning Deck books with Keith Waldrop.

Marjorie Welish is the author of The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems, Word Group, Isle of the Signatories, and, most recently, In the Futurity Lounge /Asylum for Indeterminacy. In 2003, the papers delivered at a conference on her writing and art held  at the University of Pennsylvania were published in the book Of the Diagram: The work of Marjorie Welish. In 2009 Granary Books  published Oaths? Questions?, a collaborative artists’ book by Welish and James Siena, both contributing both art and text in a reciprocal structure. This book, featured in an exhibition devoted to Marjorie’s art at the Denison University Museum, in Granville Ohio, will be on exhibit at a conference devoted to artists’ books  at Cambridge University next year.  Her honors include the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship from Brown University, the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University, and two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, which has taken her to the University of Frankfurt and to the Edinburgh College of Art. She is now the Madelon Leventhal Rand Distinguished Lecturer in Literature at Brooklyn College.