As this site grows, it will serve as a lively and comprehensive resource for reading, exploring, and teaching the poet Muriel Rukeyser’s multi-faceted work and broad range of interests, from poetry and the visual arts to religion, history, science, and technology. Let us know if you are interested in contributing to the site–for instance, by writing short essays about individual poems or submitting other original work on Muriel Rukeyser, including pedagogical resources.
We regularly feature many poems written by Rukeyser. With them, we provide and invite commentaries, related works, essays, and further resources. The site is sponsored by EMU’s English Department. It has been created with the financial assistance of a grant from EMU’s Women in Philanthropy.
We want to create a fitting tribute to Rukeyser’s vision of poetry as “meeting place” of different readers, cultures, forms of knowing and experiencing. Indeed, we believe that if Rukeyser were alive today, she would be fascinated by web technology, and recognize its inherent potential for articulating her unusually expansive relational vision of poetry as a cultural resource with many “uses”–a truly unfashionable word when used in conjunction with poetry.
We also want this website to be truly interdisciplinary and to serve as meeting place for people from different disciplines, coming together in the effort to shed light on Rukeyser’s poems and prose. All of the commentary on this website will be original, i.e. written specifically for the website. And we will turn to readers, teachers, and scholars of Rukeyser’s work to ask for submissions. So please stay posted.
This website is the brain child of Elisabeth Däumer, Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University.
Adam Nannini is responsible for the design and infrastructure. He is a self-taught web designer who graduated with a B.A. from EMU’s Language, Literature and Writing program, with a double minor in Creative Writing and History.
Chelsea Lonsdale, a graduate student in EMU’s composition program, joined our team in winter 2012 and prepared a contextual essay for “Breaking Open.” She received her M.A. in Written Communication in 2014.
Alice Thomsen joined the staff in fall of 2012 and contributed a needed scientific dimension to the website. A student in EMU’s undergraduate creative writing and psychology programs, Alice prepared footnoted versions of Rukeyser’s poems, among them her poem on Willard Gibbs. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Creative Writing at Ball State University.
Pat Mullarkey joined the staff in the winter 2012-13 to help organize the Muriel Rukeyser Centenary Symposium. In 2013, She received her M.A. in Children’s Literature and now lives in Tarragona, Spain.
Megan Hope Smith joined our team for the summer of 2014 as web administrator and social media manager. She received her B.A. in English Language, Literature, and Writing with a minor in Psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 2012. Megan is currently employed at the Burger School of Students with Autism.
Adam Mitts joined the team in January 2014 to continue the work of website management and research into Rukeyser’s writings. He is currently studying Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.
Arica Frisbey joined the team in September 2016 to continue the work of social media and website management, with a focus on blogging as a millennial female poet encountering Rukeyser. She will also be researching Rukeyser and her relationship with other female poets, be it her contemporaries or predecessors. She is currently studying Language, Literature and Writing at Eastern Michigan University.
Board of Directors
William Rukeyser, Journalist and son of Muriel Rukeyser
Anne Herzog, Dean of Springfield College, Mass. and co-editor of Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser
Rowena Kennedy-Epstein, University of Bristol, UK
Adam Nannini, College Teacher and Web Developer
Roger Green, EMU (Art)
Diane Jacobs, EMU (Physics and Astronomy)
Maria Milletti, EMU (Chemistry)
Charles Cunningham, EMU (English/Literature)
Doug Baker, EMU (English Education)
Hava Levitt-Phillips, Washtenaw Community College