Welcome to my page highlighting my activities as a poet, musician and artist.



  • I will be featured reader at the weekly poetry reading at Woodstock's Harmony Cafe (part of the Wok 'n' Roll Restaurant) on October 10 at 8 p.m.
  • I will be featured reader at Cafe Mezzaluna on June 8, 2011.
Performance Poetry
  • I am regularly performing the soundscapes (sometimes a capella) at my readings. Lately, I use my iPhone as the playback device; I've bought small portable speakers, since some venues don't have sound systems.
  • April 2, 2011, I read and performed soundscape poems at the Kava Coffeehouse, Mt. Pleasant, MI with Amee Schmidt and Don Cellini.
  • November 19, 2010, I performed my soundscape poetry at the Espresso Express Coffe House, Bay City, MI
  • I did a two-week Residency at Ragdale Foundation in August 2009, developing soundscapes for my poems (an approach to performance poetry - live reading or singing with my original electronic music).
  • Here is a mp3 sample, my poem, "Star-nosed Mole". This work includes singing, reading, and original electronic music. It is one of seven pieces completed to date.
  • I performed the soundscape poems at the Print Gallery in Southfield, MI, on August 22, 2009.

Appearances &
Publications :

  • On Saturday, October 1, I was featured at the 40th Anniversary of Earth's Daughters magazine, the oldest feminist arts magazine still publishing in the United States, which I founded in 1971. The event was sponsored by Just Buffalo as part of their Big Night series. Other readers were members of the current Earth's Daughters collective: Ansie Baird, Kastle Brill, Jennifer Campbell, Joyce Kessel, Janna Willoughby and ryki zuckerman.
  • On Friday, September 30, I read at Kim Chinquee's creative writing class at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
  • On Wednesday, September 28, I read with Elisavietta Ritchie at the Kensington Row Bookshop in Kensington, MD.
  • On Friday, April 22, I read at the Lido Gallery in Birmingham, MI, with Carol Was, editor of the MacGuffin, Sophia Rivkin and Melinda LaPere, and the musical group Cellobella.
  • Mayapple Press and I relocated to Woodstock, NY the first week in May.
  • On Sunday, May 21, I returned to Saginaw, Michigan, to read with other local poets at Anderson Enrichment Center, as part of Theodore Roethke’s 103rd Birthday Celebration.
  • My poem "Woman with a Chainsaw" was reprinted in Dissections March 2011.
  • My soundscape poem, "Fusion Reactor" was published in Mad Hatter's Review, Issue 12.
  • My poem "Gold" was published in Driftwood 10 Fall 2010 (Fire).
  • My poem "TelefériQo" was published in Driftwood 10 Spring 2010 (Air).
  • My poem "Seeing My Heart" was published in Earth's Daughters No. 77.
  • Two of my translations, "Woman No. 2" and "Freeze Frame," both poems by Dominican Martha Rivera, were published in The Bitter Oleander, Vol 16, #2.
  • November 22, 2010, I read from my translations on Bilingual Readings, ALTA (American Literary Translators Association) annual meeting, Philadelphia, PA. I also performed on the Declamación, reciting part of Genesis 22 in Hebrew with traditional trope melody.
  • September 24, 2010, I read at Court Street Gallery, Saginaw, MI with Mariela Griffor and John Palen.
  • August 6, 2010, I read at Greenwood Bookstore, Rochester, NY
  • May 11, 2010, the Dominican poets I translated in my book Praises & Offenses: Three Women Poets from the Dominican Republic (BOA Editions) and I read at Poets House, New York City. Here's the announcement.
  • April 9, 2010, I read as part of the Mayapple Press reading at the Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO (an off-site event of the AWP Conference).
  • March 18, 2010, I read as an Attending Writer at the 31st International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL.
  • March 11, 2010, I read and talked to classes at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA as part of International Women's Day events.
  • March 8, 2010, I read and talked to classes at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
  • February 25, 2010, I read at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.
  • January 24, 2010., 2 p.m, - Writer's Center, Bethesda, MD, (reading with novelist Jami Attenberg)
  • January 13, 2010, 6 p.m. EST - Click here to listen to my live interview on the Moe Green Poetry Hour.
  • Book publication party sponsored by Congregation T'Chiyah,, Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the new Chazzano Coffee on 9 Mile Road in Ferndale, MI with Roz Schindler and Rhoda Stamell
  • I participated in a gala reading and book presentation in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with Angela Hernández Núñez, Ylonka Nacidit Perdomo and a representative of the late Aída Cartagena Portalatín's family, at Libreria Cuesta, on January 8, 2010.
Judith was absolutely delightful. connected with the audience. was engaging, funny, wise,loud (you could hear her despite competing mics, outdoor noise and rain. lol)..... she was a hit!
                                             from a fan at the Ann Arbor reading, May 2007
My Bio

Judith Kerman is a poet, performer and artist with broad cultural and scholarly interests. She has published eight books or chapbooks of poetry, most recently Galvanic Response (March Street Press, 2005) and the bilingual collection, Plane Surfaces/Plano de Incidencia ( Santo Domingo : CCLEH, 2002). Her book of translations, A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems of Dulce María Loynaz (Cuban; Cervantes Prize laureate, 1992) was published by White Pine Press in 2002. Kerman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the Dominican Republic in 2002, translating the poetry and fiction of contemporary Dominican women. A book of Dominican translations, Praises and Offenses, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2009.

Kerman edited the well-known scholarly anthology Retrofitting Blade Runner: Issues in Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" and Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" (Popular Press). Her scholarly research has often touched on the ontology and moral significance of "the fantastic."  In addition to several papers on "Blade Runner," she has presented and published papers on virtual reality in film; uses of masks, puppets and clowning in folk tradition, religion and film; anthropology in science fiction; apocalyptic metafiction; computer art; technology as an aspect of culture.
The first edition of her book-length prose poem, Mothering, received Honorable Mention in poetry in the 1978 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award competition, a national first books competition. A second edition of Mothering, including the related play “Dream of Rain,” was published by Ridgeway Press in 1996, and an expanded hypertext version of Mothering appeared in Eastgate Quarterly 2:2, in Summer 1996.

Kerman has published poems and translations in Calyx, The MacGuffin, Circumference, Chelsea, Visions International, The Hiram Poetry Review, House Organ, Oxalis, Black Bear Review, The Bridge, Snowy Egret, the Michigan Quarterly Review,Earth’s Daughters, Pudding, Moving Out, and other publications. Her poem “Tree Frog Ghazal” won the Abbie M. Copps Prize. She founded Mayapple Press in 1980 (50 titles to date), and Earth's Daughters, the oldest feminist literary magazine still publishing in the United States, in 1971.

 In addition to published translations of Dominican poetry and fiction, her video documentary and photographic exhibit, Carnaval in the Dominican Republic, has had several conference, public library and gallery showings.

A Jewish Buddhist Quaker Feminist Clown in passionate pursuit of the Cheshire Cat called "Truth,” she is halfway through a phased transition out of university administration and teaching at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan.

Books of Poems and Translations
  Publications in Periodicals and Anthologies
  Readings, Performances and Exhibitions

Honors & Awards

  • My collection, Star-Nosed Mole, was a semifinalist in the Tenth Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards (2009).
  • In April 2008, I received the Earl L. Warrick Award for Excellence in Research, one of the two highest awards given to faculty at my university, Saginaw Valley State University. The award recognizes my activities as a poet and publisher as well as a scholar.
  • I have been named a member of the Fulbright Program's 2009 Canada/Caribbean Peer Review committee.
Editor, Designer
& Publisher
  • Mayapple Press, an independent literary press with a special interest in work by women; Great Lakes, Caribbean and Jewish literature, science fiction poetry, and translations
  • My web design work includes this site, the Mayapple Press site, and a major site for the Museo del Hombre Dominicano in Santo Domingo.
Conceived, initiated and coordinated Rustbelt Roethke Professional Writers’ Retreat, Saginaw Valley State University, July 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
  Scholarly Activity
My work online:
  • Praises & Offenses has been reviewed in Molossos, a literary review.
  • Two poems are in Poemeleon IV:1 Summer/Fall 2009.
  • A nice article about Earth's Daughters magazine, which I founded in 1971, can be found at Generation, the University of Buffalo's undergrad magazine. The interview took place when I was in Buffalo for my reading in October 2007.
  • One of my poems was published in the Buffalo News the week before I read there in October 2007. It's online now.
  • Two of my more experimental multilingual poems, in Mad Hatter's Review in July 2007.
  • Two poems appeared in Cezanne's Carrot, Vernal Equinox (Spring 2006)
  • A poem appeared in Umbrella in Winter 2006.
  • Three poems appeared in Poemeleon in 2005.
  • Recordings of my Michigan State University reading, November 2002.
  • A suite of poems is included in Mother Millennium website developed by Carolyn Guyer.
  • A suite of poems is included in Ylem hypertext project, Private Loves/Public Opera, which was also exhibited at San Francisco Art Institute, opening in December 1996. (link appears to be inactive)
Extra added
  • My 24-minute ethnographic documentary video, Carnaval in the Dominican Republic, was featured as an installation at the second annual Hell's Half Mile Film Festival in Bay City, MI, in October 2007


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