Poet and editor Grace Schulman was born in 1935 in New York City, studying at Bard College, American University, and New York University, where she earned her PhD. She is distinguished professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, and served as the poetry editor of the Nation from 1972 to 2006. She also directed the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center from 1973 to 1985. She has published six collections of poetry, including Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems (2002) and The Broken String (2007). When Schulman was a teenager she was introduced to Marianne Moore, who had a profound effect on her poetics. Schulman wrote on the poet in a critical study, Marianne Moore: The Poetry of Engagement (1986), and edited The Poems of Marianne Moore (2004).
Typically written in a lucid free verse that occasionally reaches vatic heights, Schulman’s subjects encompass art, history, and faith. Schulman’s history is usually that of her beloved New York City, where she has lived and worked as a dedicated poetry advocate all her life. Earthly moments and details of city life constantly suggest larger spiritual questions. She names Gerald Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Shakespeare, Dante, Whitman, and Moore as her influences. Poet Ron Slate has described Schulman as “not only a poet of praise, but one who addresses the grounding questions of this mode. How and why do we find beauty in adversity?”
Schulman has received numerous awards for her work, including the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and Pushcart prizes. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Her work has been published the Nation, the New Yorker, and numerous other magazines and journals, and appeared in The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988–1998. Schulman is married to the scientist Jerome L. Schulman and lives in New York City.Schulman’s collection of essays, First Loves and Other Adventures, a book that reflects on her life as a writer and reader, was published in 2010.
Poet and educator. Nation (magazine), poetry editor, beginning 1971; Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY, Distinguished Professor of English. Former director of the Poetry Center, 92nd St. Young Men's-Young Women's Hebrew Association. Taught poetry writing at Princeton University, Columbia University, Bennington College, Wesleyan University, and Warren Wilson College.
- Burn down the Icons , Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1976.
- Hemispheres, Sheep Meadow Press (New York, NY), 1984.
- For That Day Only, Sheep Meadow Press (Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY), 1994.
- The Paintings of Our Lives, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 2001.
- Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 2002.
- The Broken String, Houghton Mifflin (Boston, MA), 2007.
- Without a Claim, Mariner Books (Boston, MA), 2013.
- (Editor) Ezra Pound: A Collection of Criticism, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 1974.
- (Translator) T. Carmi, At the Stone of Losses (poems), University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1983.
- Marianne Moore: The Poetry of Engagement, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 1986.
- (Editor) The Poems of Marianne Moore, Viking (New York, NY), 2004.
- First Loves and Other Adventures, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 2010.
Contributor of poems, articles, translations, and reviews to poetry journals and magazines, including Hudson Review, Ms., New Yorker, New Republic, Paris Review, Antaeus, Grand Street, Yale Review, and Kenyon Review. Poems included in the Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1998, edited by Harold Bloom, and in Pushcart Prizes 21 and Pushcart Prizes 23.
- American Literature, October, 1987, Laurence Stapleton, review of Marianne Moore: The Poetry of Engagement, p. 469.
- American Poetry Review, September, 1977, review of Burn down the Icons, p. 45.
- Booklist, March 15, 1977, review of Burn down the Icons, p. 1067; February 15, 2001, Donna Seaman, review of The Paintings of Our Lives, p. 1110.
- Choice, June, 1977, review of Burn down the Icons, p. 538; May, 1987, review of Marianne Moore, p. 1400.
- Hudson Review, spring, 1977, review of Burn Down the Icons, p. 120; spring, 1985, review of Hemispheres, p. 167.
- Journal of Modern Literature, fall-winter, 1988, Robert W. Buttel, review of Marianne Moore, p. 386.
- Library Journal, October 15, 1986, Cristanne Miller, review of Marianne Moore, p. 97.
- New Yorker, November 21, 1994, review of For That Day Only, p. 133.
- New York Times Book Review, July 3, 1977, review of Burn down the Icons, p. 7; April 7, 1985, L. M. Rosenberg, review of Hemispheres, p. 12; February 1, 1987, Warren Woessner, review of Marianne Moore, p. 21; October 30, 1994, Robert Richman, review of For That Day Only, p. 12; April 15, 2001, Melanie Rehak, review of Paintings of Our Lives, p. 22.
- Poetry, December, 1985, Sandra M. Gilbert, review of Hemispheres, p. 161; May, 1995, Robert B. Shaw, review of For That Day Only, p. 104.
- Publishers Weekly, August 5, 1983, review of At the Stone of Losses, p. 78; September 21, 1984, Genevieve Stuttaford, review of Hemispheres, p. 84; December 18, 2000, review of The Paintings of Our Lives, p. 73.
- Sewanee Review, winter, 2001, George Core, review of The Paintings of Our Lives, p. 2.
- Virginia Quarterly Review, spring, 1995, review of For That Day Only, p. 66.
- World Literature Today, winter, 1978, review of Burn down the Icons, p. 118; spring, 1995, review of For That Day Only, p. 365.
Poems By GRACE SCHULMAN
LIFE SPAN 1935–