Judith Baumel

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Judith Baumel


October 10, 2017

Judith Baumel


Judith Baumel, founding director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi, is a poet, critic and translator. She also lectures on modern and contemporary American poetry at Oxford University, UK. A former director of the Poetry Society of America, her poetry, translations and essays have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Agni Review, The Common, The New York Times and The New Yorker, among other places. Her work is represented in a number of anthologies, including Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, Gondola Signore Gondola: Venice in 20th Century American Poetry and Poems of New York (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets).

Her books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers (Wesleyan University Press, 1988), for which she won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Now (University of Miami Press, 1996) and The Kangaroo Girl (GenPop Books, 2011).

Baumel was born in the Bronx, New York, attended The Bronx High School of Science, Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and The Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. She combines her urban Jewish upbringing with her early academic work in the physical sciences. Her work is about memory and accommodation, about greed and hunger, lust and rage. At times funny, at turns deeply spiritual and philosophical, Baumel confronts a range of contemporary subjects, from race relations to motherhood, modern Jewish experience to popular music. She has received awards from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Bronx Recognizes Its Own, the Laurence Goldstein Award in Poetry from MQR, and fellowships for residencies at Yaddo, Saltonstall, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Millay, among others.

She lives in the Bronx.

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