Grace Schulman

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Seeing, in April, hostas unfurl like arias, and tulips, white cups inscribed with licks of flame, gaze feverish, grown almost to my waist, and the oak raise new leaves for benediction, I mourn for what does not come back: the movie theater -- reels spinning out vampire bats, last trains, the arc of Chaplin's cane, the hidden doorways -- struck down for a fast-food store; your rangy stride; my shawl of hair; my mother's grand piano. My mother.                                                           How to make it new, how to find the gain in it? Ask the sea at sunrise how a million sparks can fly over dead bones.   "Celebration," from Without a Claim by Grace Schulman (Mariner Books, 2013).

Grace Schulman was inducted as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2019 and was awarded the Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, presented by the Poetry Society of America, in 2016.  Her seventh collection of poems, Without a Claim, appeared in 2013 from Mariner Books. For her sixth collection, The Broken String, she won praise from Peter Makuck in The Hudson Review for her “sacramental vision” and from Wallace Shawn for seeing a “sharp, undeniable glimmering of beauty.” She is the author of Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin), which was selected by Library Journal as one of the “best poetry books” of 2002, and was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Award of that year; and The Paintings of Our Lives (Houghton Mifflin), a selection of the Academy of American Poets’ Book Club.

Schulman's memoir is Strange Paradise: Portrait of a Marriage (Turtle Point Press, 2018). Her book of essays, First Loves and Other Adventures, came out in 2010 (U. of Michigan Press). Among her honors are the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award for poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry, New York University's Distinguished Alumni Award, and a Poetry Fellowship from the New York Council on the Arts. Her poems have won five Pushcart Prizes, and have appeared in The Best American Poetry. Editor of The Poems of Marianne Moore (Viking, 2003), she is translator from the Hebrew of T. Carmi’s At the Stone of Losses; and co-translator from the Spanish of Pablo Antonio Cuadra’s Songs of Cifar. Schulman is former director of the Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, 1974-84, and former poetry editor of The Nation, 1971-2006.

Schulman, who received her Ph.D. from New York University, has taught poetry writing at Princeton, Columbia, Bennington, and Warren Wilson. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the New Republic, Paris Review, the Hudson Review, the Kenyon Review, and the Atlantic, among other journals. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely in journals, here and abroad.

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