Baumel, Judith 1956-
BAUMEL, Judith 1956-
PERSONAL: Born October 9, 1956, in New York, NY; daughter of Abraham (an educator) and Betty (an educator; maiden name, Fogel) Baumel; married David Ghitelman (a journalist), July 4, 1985; children: Samuel, Aaron. Education: Harvard University, B.A. (creative writing; magna cum laude), 1977; Johns Hopkins University, M.A., 1978. Hobbies and other interests: Baseball.
CAREER: Educator and poet. Poetry Society of America, New York, NY, director, 1985-88; Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, associate professor of English, 1988—, and director of creative writing program; City College of the City University of New York, instructor in graduate writing program, 1995—. Poet-in-the-schools volunteer.
AWARDS, HONORS: Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal, Harvard University, 1977; Walt Whitman Award, Academy of American Poets, 1987, for The Weight of Numbers; New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for poetry, 1987.
The Weight of Numbers, Wesleyan University Press (Middletown, CT), 1988.
Now, Miami University Press (Oxford, OH), 1996.
(Translator, with others) Patrizia Cavalli, My Poems Will Not Change the World: Selected Poems, 1974-1992, Exile Editions (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1998.
Monument, in press.
Contributor of poems and articles to periodicals, including New Yorker, New Republic, Threepenny Review, New York Times Book Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Paris Review, and American Poetry Review. Contributor to anthologies, including Telling and Remembering: A Century of American Jewish Poetry, A Year in Poetry, A Walk on the Wild Side, and Sports Poems.
WORK IN PROGRESS: Dashed Hopes, a book about American women poets.
SIDELIGHTS: Judith Baumel is an English professor at Adelphi University in New York. She has published two books of poetry. Her first collection, The Weight of Numbers, won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets in 1987. Baumel's second book of poems is titled Now. The title refers to the exact moment that one is living in and the fact that that experience may be what generates future memories. In other words, every "now" has a "then." Elizabeth Millard of Booklist called Baumel a "gifted" poet and noted that the author's "language is both simple and rich."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Booklist, February 1, 1996, Elizabeth Millard, p. 913.
Adelphi University,http://home.adelphi.edu/ (July 10, 2002), "Judith Baumel."
Judith Baumel Home Page,http://members.aol.com/ (January, 1999).*