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Judith Baumel

b. 1956

Current City, State, Country

Bronx, New York, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Bronx, New York, USA


Judith Baumel is Professor Emerita of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She has served as President of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs, director of The Poetry Society of America and a Fulbright Scholar in Italy. Her poetry, translations and essays have been published in PoetryThe Yale ReviewAgni ReviewThe New York TimesThe New YorkerThe CommonThe New RepublicThe Paris Review, among others.

Baumel’s work is represented in a number of anthologies including Telling and Remembering: A Century of Jewish American PoetryGondola Signore Gondola: Poems on VenicePoems of New York (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets) and The Eloquent Poem: 128 Contemporary Poems and Their Making. She has received awards and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Bronx Recognizes Its Own, Laurence Goldstein Award in Poetry from MQR, the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, Yaddo, Saltonstall, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Millay, among others.

Judith Baumel was born in the Bronx, the day after Don Larsen’s perfect game. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, Radcliffe College, Harvard University and The Johns Hopkins University. She lives in the Bronx with her husband, Philip Alcabes.

Published Works

Thorny (Arrowsmith Press, 2022)
Passeggiate (Arrowsmith Press, 2019)
The Kangaroo Girl (GenPop Books, 2011)
Now (Miami University Press, 1996)
The Weight of Numbers (Wesleyan University Press, 1988)

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Radcliffe College, Harvard University (undergraduate)
The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars (graduate)

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

Italian: Patrizia Cavalli; Ukrainian: Marjana Savka

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