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Donna Spruijt-Metz


Donna Spruijt-Metz is a professor of psychology and public health at the University of Southern California. Her first career was as a professional flutist. She followed her flute teacher to the Netherlands and ended up staying for 22 years. She had always written poetry, and her only way into the Dutch culture was through their poets. That’s how she learned Dutch, and she still translates Dutch poetry. During her years in the Netherlands, she slowly seeped into academia – for fun, at first, but then it became her next way of life. She married, had a child, and then moved back to California with her family. Always restless, she attended rabbinical school for a year and a half but found she couldn’t combine it with a career in academia, a family, and the increasing space that writing poetry took in her life. Her poetry and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in venues such as the Copper Nickel, RHINO, The Cortland Review, The Tahoma Review, and Poetry Northwest. Her chapbooks are Slippery Surfaces (Finishing Line Press) and And Haunt the World (with co-author Flower Conroy, Ghost City Press). Her first full-length manuscript, General Release from the Beginning of the World, chosen by Brenda Hillman, is forthcoming in January 2023 (Free Verse Editions).

Current City, State, Country

Hollywood, CA, USA

Published Works

  • General Release from the Beginning of the World (Free Verse Editions, January 1 2023)
  • And Haunt the World, a collaborative microchap with Flower Conroy (Ghost City Press, 2021)
  • Slippery Surfaces (Finishing Line Press, April 2019)

Author Site


Otis College of Art and Design
Royal Conservatory Den Haag
California Institute of the Arts
University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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