Mary Kay combines a palpable sense of the world “out there” with a strongly registered fullness of personal consciousness. In her work, a sacramental notion of the world merges in continuously interesting ways with a more directly secular apprehension of self.
– Eamon Grennan (Relations: New and Selected Poems)
Mary Kay Rummel’s newest poetry book is What’s Left Is The Singing (Blue Light Press, 2010). Other books of poetry are Love in the End (Bright Hill Press, 2008), The Illuminations (Cherry Grove Collections 2006), Green Journey Red Bird (Loonfeather Press), The Long Journey Into North (Juniper Press) and This Body She’s Entered, a Minnesota Voices Award winner from New Rivers Press.
Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, most recently RUNES, Bloomsbury Review, Nimrod (as an award finalist), Whistling Shade, Water-Stone Review, Comstock Review, Askew, the Irish journal The SHOp, and Dust and Fire, where she is the 2009 Diane Glancy Award winner. In addition, her works appear in To Sing Along the Way , an anthology of Minnesota women poets published by New Rivers Press, and Poetic Voices Without Borders 2, published by Gival Press. Her short fiction is forthcoming in an anthology from Wising Up Press. Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of England, chose the title poem of Love in the End to be exhibited at London/Art. “Eclipse” was shortlisted for the Féile Filíochta International Poetry Competition in Dublin.
Mary Kay enjoys performing poetry and has collaborated in her work with visual artists, musicians and dancers. She has read in many venues in Ireland, England, and the United States, including recently at the Ojai Poetry Festival at Ojai, CA. A professor emerita from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, she divides her time between Minneapolis and Ventura, CA, where she teaches at California State University at Channel Islands.