Reading poems on utube

December 6, 2012

ASKEW reading in Ventura

this is a test

November 24, 2011

I am testing the posting process to see if it comes through.

Reading from new book

March 9, 2011

New page for new book

November 26, 2010

My new book, What’s Left Is The Singing, now has its own page on this blog.  Click on “Books” for a link.  You can find a description along with links to buy the book from Powell’s Books,, or Barnes and Noble.  Thanks for looking!

reading November 11

November 2, 2010

You are invited to a reading
from my new book, What’s Left Is The Singing,
at Common Good Books in St. Paul
on November 11 at 7:30.
CGB is on the corner or Selby and Western
across the street from WA Frost.
I am reading with poets Jill Breckenridge
and Jim Rogers.

upcoming readings from new book

September 11, 2010

I will be reading from my new book,
What’s Left is the singing in the next few weeks:

At Corners of the Mouth a monthly reading series at Linnaea’s Cafe located at 1110 Garden Street in San Luis Obispo, Ca. on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7:00.

At the Artists’ Union Gallery on the Ventura boardwalk on October 12 at 7:30

At the Carol Connolly series reading at the University Club on Summit Ave. in St. Paul on October 19 at 7:30.

I would love to see you at a reading.

Comments about What’s Left Is The Singing

August 16, 2010

Comments about What?s Left Is The Singing by John Reimringer

I’ve been reading your book and much enjoying it. I like the organization–the convent material, then the move to family, the exploration of Ireland and ancestry, and the return to some of the earlier subjects at the end. And I like your ability to take observations of the personal and the natural world and connect them to larger issues and things outside yourself or the immediate thing being observed. I like your clear, strong, descriptive language.

See John?s wonderful new novel, Vestments, just published by Milkweed Editions.

I am working on getting my book “out there.”

August 5, 2010

A New Book Has Arrived

July 21, 2010

My new book of poetry, What’s Left Is The Singing,
has just been published by
Blue Light Press of San Francisco.
What’s Left is the Singing is 105 pages. ($15.95)
It can be ordered from:
1st or phone (641-209-5000) or Barnes and
Powell’s Books
or it can be ordered at your favorite book store
using the ISBN: 9781421891507/LCCN: 2010930193
or send an email to me and I will send you a book.

“When one reads the poems of Mary Kay Rummel, one expects a certain precision of language, a vigilant detail, a concentrated lyric whisper that elevates the ordinary life’s ordinary aspirations. On these counts, What’s Left Is The Singing does not disappoint. But these poems are also transformative. Here we find beauty that resists adoration, caution that armors raised fists, and belief that survives religion. Here we find metaphors for life’s passion in the scapes of sand and tides and endless stars that shine through us.” – David Oliveira

winning poem in persimmon tree contest

March 16, 2010

My poem, “Names For Green,” was selected by Andrea Hollander Budy as one of ten winners in Persimmon Tree contest for women from the north central states. Go to to see the winning poems.