Judith Baumel


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by Cory Schwartz

Judith Baumel is Professor 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 books are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, The Kangaroo Girl  and Passeggiate. Her poetry, translations and essays have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Agni Review, 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 Jewish American Poetry ; Gondola Signore Gondola: Poems on Venice; and Poems of New York (Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets).

Judith Baumel was born in The Bronx in 1956.  She 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, 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 with her husband, the writer Philip Alcabes.

Here are some of her poems on the web:
From The Kangaroo Girl
“Mr Goldfish and Vicky”
“The Influence of Peers”
“Waiting For The Lost To Come In Dreams”
“Electronic Allegory”
“Monumental Grief”
“The Days of August Leapt One Over The Other”

From Now
“Thumbs Up”
“You Weren’t Crazy And Your Weren’t Dead”
“New, New York”

From The Weight of Numbers
“Thirty-Six Poets” page 219
“And Boaz begat Obed, and Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David”