Judith Kerman

November 1, 2002

Judith Kerman

Judith Kerman has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry; most recently the chapbook, Galvanic Response. Her bilingual collection, Plane Surfaces/Plano de Incidencia, translated by Johnny Durán, was published in Santo Domingoby CCLEH in 2002. Kerman has published poems and translations in Calyx, The MacGuffin, Chelsea, Visions International, The Hiram Poetry Review, House Organ, Oxalis, Black Bear Review, The Bridge, Snowy Egret, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Earth’s Daughters, Moving Out, and 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: http://www.svsu.edu/~kerman/jbkpage.htm

To view Special Collections' holdings of Kerman's work, please click here.

To hear Kerman read from her own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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