Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) was a prolific
American writer and political activist. In 1935 her first
collection of poetry, Theory of Flight, won the Yale Younger
Poets Prize, and she went on to publish twelve more volumes of
poetry. She received a National Institute of Arts and Letters
award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Levinson Prize for Poetry, and
the Shelley Memorial Award, among other accolades. Rukeyser's
writing consistently emphasized and utilized cinematic and graphic
techniques, and she explored various connections between the visual
and literary aspects of art. She originally intended The Book of
the Dead to be published with multiple photos by Naumburg.
Catherine Venable Moore is a writer and producer in Fayette County, West Virginia. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Montana, Moore is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Highlander Center, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and others. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, Columbia Journalism Review, and Yes! She is also an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America. Currently, she is at work on a collection of essays.
"If Rukeyser had left us only The Book of the Dead and
The Life of Poetry, she would have made a remarkable
contribution to American literature. But the range and daring of
her work, its generosity of vision, its formal innovations, and its
level of energy are unequalled among twentieth-century American
--Adrienne Rich, introduction to Muriel Rukeyser, Selected Poems
"Innovative, gorgeous, and deeply moving."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)