Grace Schulman

Grace Schulman’s poetry compresses time and space, merging the past and present and exploring the mysteries of religion. Schulman began writing poetry at age seven, and studied at American University, Bard College, and Johns Hopkins before earning master’s and doctoral degrees in 1960 and 1971 from NYU. From 1972–2006 she served as poetry editor for the Nation. In 1973 she began teaching English at Baruch College, CUNY, where she continued teaching for the rest of her career, though she also taught poetry courses at Princeton, Columbia, Wesleyan, and other schools. From 1974–1984 she served as director of the Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y. Her first collection of poems, 1976’s Burn Down the Icons, responded to Christian symbolism, while her second, 1984’s Hemispheres, explored Judaism and Israel. In several poems, figures from the past intrude on the present, from her own grandparents to great poets like Walt Whitman. As of 2015 she has published seven collections of her work, as well as significant writing on noted poets including Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, and May Swenson. Among her many awards, Schulman won a Guggenheim fellowship in 2004.

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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

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