Interviews


 
Judy Kronenfeld is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: Bird Flying through the Banquet (FutureCycle Press, 2017), Shimmer (WordTech Editions, 2012), Light Lowering in Diminished Sevenths, winner of the 2007 Litchfield Review Poetry Book Award, now available in a second edition (Antrim House Books, 2012), and Shadow of Wings (Bellflower, 1991). She has also published two chapbooks, Disappeared Down Dark Wells and Still Falling (Inevitable Press, 2000), and Ghost Nurseries (Finishing Line, 2005). A Stanford Ph.D., Judy has also authored a controversial critical study, King Lear and the Naked Truth (Duke, 1998). She has taught English literature at the University of California, Irvine, the University of California, Riverside, and Purdue University. After her midlife turn back to her childhood love of writing poetry, Judy began to teach in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, where she is now Lecturer Emerita, having retired after 25 years. She now serves as an Associate Editor of the online journal, Poemeleon .

Judy is a first-generation American—an ex-New Yorker transplanted decades ago to Southern California. Her poetry sometimes re-visits the still fascinating urban immigrant world of her parents and her own childhood, and often explores the vicissitudes of aging—its sorrows and its mysterious blessings—with flashes of humor, fearlessness, and a keen sensitivity to sound and rhythm. Her poems pay a nearly photographic attention to the particular and the domestic, and to psychological landscapes from the densely urban East to Western desert solitudes and beyond. In them, the personal may rub up against the political and historical—cause for both anger and compassion. Almost the literary equivalent of pebbles placed on grave-markers, her poems cherish and celebrate our brief moment in time, our families, our memories, and the language that allows us to hold on to them.

Judy’s poems have appeared in many print and online magazines such as American Poetry Journal, Calyx, Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, Connotation Press, DMQ Review, Evansville Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Innisfree Poetry Journal, The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, The Pedestal, Poetry International, Portland Review, Sequestrum, Spoon River Poetry Review, Stirring, Valparaiso Poetry Review, West Trestle Review, and The Women's Review of Books, as well as in twenty anthologies including Before There Is Nowhere to Stand: Palestine/Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle (Lost Horse Press, 2012); Love over 60: An Anthology of Women's Poems (Mayapple, 2010); Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease (Kent State, 2009); and Red, White, and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (Iowa, 2004). She is an occasional writer of fiction (with stories in such journals as Literary Mama, Madison Review, and Women Writers: A Zine) and nonfiction (with creative nonfiction in Under the Sun, and Hippocampus, and reviews in Chelsea, and Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, among other places).

Judy Kronenfeld’s work on Renaissance and other literary topics in her book on King Lear—which earned her the Non-Senate Distinguished Researcher Award at UC-Riverside for 1996-97—and in her essays in various journals (such as Shakespeare Quarterly, ELH, and Shakespearean Criticism Yearbook 1992: A Selection of the Year's Most Noteworthy Studies of Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry) looks at literature in its linguistic, historical and cultural contexts. That work is skeptical and illuminating about criticism that attempts to reduce works of literature to ideological political positions.



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