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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maura Stanton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1946 in Evanston, Ilinois

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Maura was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maura received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1969 and her M.F.A. in 1971 from the University of Iowa. She has taught at the State University of New York at Cortland (1972-1973), the University of Richmond (1973-1977), Humboldt State University (1977-1978), the University of Arizona (1978-1982), and Indiana University, where she has been employed since 1982.


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Molly Companion (Avon)
ISBN: 0380404362

Avon Books. 1979

The Country I Come from
ISBN: 0915943336

Milkweed Editions. 1988

Seven stories deal with a Christmas emergency, tornado warnings, a new friend, a wedding, a suicide, a new job, and a troubled teacher

Tales of the Supernatural: Poems
ISBN: 0879237503

David R Godine Pub. 1988

Poems create fables about a man who seeks the spirit of his dead wife, an adult caught in a childhood fantasy, and a child who becomes the character she plays

Cries of Swimmers
ISBN: 0887481248

Carnegie Mellon Univ Pr. 1991

Book by Stanton, Maura

Snow on Snow (Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry)
ISBN: 0887481590

Carnegie Mellon. 1993

A reissuing of Snow on Snow, poetry by Maura Stanton.

Glacier Wine (Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0887483402

Carnegie Mellon Univ Pr. 2001

Book by Stanton, Maura

Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling (Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction)
ISBN: 026802555X

University of Notre Dame Press. 2001

Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling contains ten darkly funny short stories by Maura Stanton. Anything can happen in this swiftly narrated book, which provides glimpses of Gertrude Stein playing Ping-Pong with a G.I. in Paris during World War II, a famous contemporary writer giving a haircut in a bar in Eureka, California, and Katherine Mansfield struggling to write her final stories in Montana, Switzerland.

The characters in Stanton’s lively stories try to sort out their lives by telling stories or listening closely to the stories of other people. Two sisters interrogate each other about different versions of the party that changed their lives forever. A young woman entertains and shocks her friends in a café with a funny story about her first love affair. A landlady tries to reconstruct the life of a Sicilian immigrant whose ashes she finds in a trailer.

In capturing with wit and sensitivity the struggles of its characters to make sense of the many strange and ordinary occurrences of everyday life, Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling reminds us that we are all, in some sense, characters in many of life’s different stories.

Cities in the Sea (Michigan Literary Fiction Awards)
ISBN: 047211364X

University of Michigan Press. 2003

In Cities in the Sea, Maura Stanton taps into the mysterious force of the fairy tale, with its fantastic images and magical narrative patterns. Her stories blur the boundaries between fairy tale and verit, and comment on the art of storytelling. A range of characters -- from a business man to a pianist, from a county coroner to a hardware store clerk, from a Greek immigrant to a Danish artist -- come to discover that the past is a ruined kingdom, lost forever, but still a place to visit in wish, dream, and memory. Throughout her stories, Stanton attempts to wrest a deeper pattern, full of humor and wonder, out of the disturbing events of contemporary life.
Maura Stanton's previous books include the novel Molly Companion and the story collections The Country I Come From and Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling. Stanton is a recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award and a two-time winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. She teaches in the M.F.A. program at Indiana University.

Immortal Sofa (Illinois Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0252075803

University of Illinois Press. 2008

In accessible poems full of rich detail and painterly images, Maura Stanton looks under the surface of the ordinary, hoping to find the magic spark below the visible. In poems both humorous and elegaic, she gathers strange facts, odd events, and overlooked stories to construct her own vision of immortality, one made up of fragments of history and geography and the illusions of yearning human beings. From elephants in Ceylon to Nazi prisoners in Ireland, from Beowulf to Jane Austen, from sonnets to prose poems to blank verse, Immortal Sofa conjures our complex existence in all its sorrowful but astonishing variety.