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Jessica Greenbaum Adjunct Instructor in English

My first book of poems, Inventing Difficulty (2000), won the Gerald Cable Prize; my second book, The Two Yvonnes (2012), was chosen by Paul Muldoon for Princeton’s University Press’ Contemporary American Poets series and was called a "Best Book of Poetry for 2012" by Library Journal. Of my third book, Spilled and Gone (2019), Grace Shulman complimented “a brilliant use of metaphor,” and said the poems were “enlivened by keen observation, a fresh mind, and a vivid sense of place that makes me want to be there, with her, in her world.” I received a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship and the Agnes di Castagnola award from the Poetry Society of America. For twelve years I was the poetry editor of the literary journal upstreet; I am the co-editor of the first ever poetry Haggadah, Mishkan HaSeder, just published by CCAR in January 2021, and am co-editing a poetry anthology about trees that is to appear by 2022. For forty years I have been teaching inside and outside academia, including at Barnard College, Brooklyn Poets, Central Synagogue, and in my capacity as a social worker, with people who have left ultra-Orthodoxy, with 9/11 first responders, and with survivors of childhood brain tumors. I'm so happy to meet the Vassar poets!

  • At Vassar since 2020

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