Episode 78: Martha Ronk

Thursday, September 22, 2022
Episode Summary

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson reads Martha Ronk's poem "Scraps of Indigenous History."

Participant(s) Bio

Poet, fiction writer, and editor Martha Ronk was born in Cleveland and earned a BA at Wellesley College and a Ph.D. at Yale University. With wry humor and formal curiosity, Ronk tests the limits of syntax and a literary convention in her work. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Silences (2019), Ocular Proof (2016); Transfer of Qualities (2013), a National Book Award long-list selection; Partially Kept (2012); Vertigo (2007), chosen by C.D. Wright for the National Poetry Series; and In a landscape of having to repeat (2004), winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award.

Ronk’s prose includes Glass Grapes: And Other Stories (2008), and Displeasures of the Table: memoir as caricature (2001). Her work has been featured in American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009) and Lyric Postmodernisms: An Anthology of Contemporary Innovative Poetries (2008). Her additional honors include the PIP Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Source: PoetryFoundation.org