November 1, 2002
Kerman has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry;
most recently the chapbook, Galvanic Response. Her bilingual
Plane Surfaces/Plano de Incidencia, translated by Johnny
was published in Santo Domingoby CCLEH in 2002. Kerman has
published poems and translations in Calyx, The
Visions International, The Hiram Poetry Review, House
Oxalis, Black Bear Review, The Bridge,
Snowy Egret, the Michigan
Quarterly Review, Earth’s Daughters, Moving
many other publications. She founded Mayapple Press in 1977
(25 titles to date), and Earth's Daughters, the oldest feminist
literary magazine still publishing, in 1971. Kerman's book
of translations, A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems
of Dulce María Loynaz, was published in 2002. She also created
the content material for a website about Loynaz, who won
the 1992 Cervantes Prize.
Other books of Kerman's
poetry include the chapbooks 3 Marbles, Driving
for Yellow Cab,
The Jakoba Poems, and OBSESSIONS. In addition to her poetry,
she has published a scholarly anthology, Retrofitting Blade
Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner and Philip K. Dick's Do
Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? She is active in translation
and scholarship of the fantastic.
Kerman was a Fulbright scholar in the Dominican Republic from
January through July 2002. During that period, she translated
poetry and fiction by leading Dominican women writers. She
has created a 25-minute video documentary about Dominican Carnaval
traditions. She also created a major webpage for the Museo
del Hombre Dominicano, the national anthropology museum, although
this is no longer online.
She also pioneered in computer-based poetry in the mid-1980's,
and co-designed COLLOQUY, an interactive poetry (hypertext)
authoring system forthcoming from Eastgate Systems. She is
currently involved in translations of Cuban women poets, especially
Dulce Maria Loynas.
Kerman was born in Bayside, NY in 1945. She received a B.A.
with Honors in History from the University of Rochester, and
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from SUNY at Buffalo. She
has held previous administrative and faculty positions at SUNY
at Buffalo, University of Michigan, Henry Ford Community College,
Kent State University, and Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
She is Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University
in Michigan and a founding member of the Communication and
Multimedia faculty. She served as Dean of Arts and Behavioral
Sciences at SVSU from 1991 to 1997.
"These spare poems are like finely wrought Japanese paintings,
their quick brushstrokes capturing fleeting and extraordinary
moments in life. It is a pleasure to travel with this poet,
to discover her eccentricities, to see how she translates what
she observes, to gain new insights into the complexities of
the imagination." —Judith Minty
For more information on Judith Kerman, please visit her website:
To view Special Collections' holdings of Kerman's work, please
To hear Kerman read from her own work, please visit the
Vincent Voice Library, here.
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