Judith Kerman begain translating the work of the Cuban poet Dulce María Loynaz (Cervantes Prize, Spain, 1992) in 1993 and met Sra. Loynaz twice in 1996. Her book of translations, A Woman in Her Garden: Selected Poems of Dulce María Loynaz, was published by White Pine Press in 2002. She has presented readings of her translations and papers about her work on Loynaz in Cuba and in the United States. She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic from January through July 2002, translating Dominican women writers and creating a major website for the Museo del Hombre Dominicano.
She has published seven books and chapbooks of her own poetry, most recently Plane Surfaces/ Plano de Incidencia, a selection of her poems from 1968 to 2002, translated into Spanish by Johnny Durán and published in Santo Domingo by CCLEH.
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Professor of English
Saginaw Valley State University
|The first edition of Kerman's 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, Mothering & Dream of Rain, including a related theatre piece, 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 The Hiram Poetry Review, House Organ, Oxalis, Black Bear Review, The Bridge, Snowy Egret, Chelsea, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Earth's Daughters, Moving Out, and other publications. She founded Mayapple Press, an independent literary press, in 1977 (23 titles to date), and Earth's Daughters, the oldest feminist literary magazine still publishing, in 1971. In addition to Loynaz, she has translated more than 20 Dominican and Cuban women poets and fiction writers, including Hilma Contreras, winner of the Dominican Premio Nacional de Literatura in 2002.
She received her Ph.D. in English from SUNY/Buffalo (1977). Her career in academic administration included positions as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania) and Dean of Arts and Behavioral Sciences (Saginaw Valley State University). She now teaches English and multimedia at Saginaw Valley State University.
In addition to her poetry, she 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? (Popular Press, Bowling Green State University, 1991) and is active in scholarship of the fantastic. Among her multimedia projects, she has created websites for the Museo del Hombre Dominicano, the Cuban singer Argelia Fragoso, and Mayapple Press. The Loynazenglish website is based on two public radio documentaries about Loynaz that she wrote and produced, which were broadcast in mid-Michigan in 2000 and 2002 respectively.