Judith Minty

April 23, 1999

Judith Minty

Judith Minty's first book, Lake Songs and Other Fears, received the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum in 1973. Since then she has published three other full-length collections of poetry including: Yellow Dog Journal, In The Presence Of Mothers, and Dancing The Fault; and three chapbooks including: Letters To My Daughters, Counting The Losses and The Mad Painter Poems. Minty’s poetry, essays and short stories have been published in numerous magazines and in over fifty anthologies. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Villa Montalvo Award for Excellence in Poetry and the Eunice Tietjens Award from Poetry magazine.

After earning an M.F.A. at Western Michigan University in 1973, Judith Minty taught at universities in Michigan and the west coast, and was director of the Creative Writing Program at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California from 1982 to 1993. She has been a Visiting Professor/Poet in Residence for the creative writing program at the University of Alaska in Anchorage. She has also taught in or been the visiting poet for the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the University of California at Santa Cruz, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Syracuse University, even at the Muskegon Correction Facility in Michigan.

A sense of place is one of the recurring themes in Judith Minty's poetry. Born in Michigan, she grew up spending the school year in Detroit and summers camping in the North Woods with her family. She now lives in western Michigan near the Lake Michigan shoreline, and spends part of each year at a cabin on the Yellow Dog River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

"...the clear and white world created by a winter's storm, the dramatic changes of the seasons, and the presence, in history and legend, of Indians. [Judith Minty's] poems give a physical sense of life in the Midwest." -Helen Collier, in Woman Poet: The Midwest.

To view Special Collections' holdings of Judith Minty's work, please click here.

To hear Minty read from her own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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