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Name:  Judy Jordan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry


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Illinois Connection

Jordan lives in Anna, Illinois and is an Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judy Jordan earned her bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the University of Virginia in 1990 and 1995 respectively; she earned a master of fine arts degree in fiction from the University of Utah in 2000.Jordan was the assistant professor of literature and creative writing with a cross appointment in women's studies at the San Marcos campus of California State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.She has completed two full-length plays and is currently working on a memoir and a third book of poetry. Professor Jordan is building her own environmentally friendly house out of cob and cordwood, is the founder of SIPRAW, which rescues dogs out of the puppy mills, and practices kundalini yoga.


Carolina Ghost Woods

-- Walt Whitman Award, Academy of American Poets, 1999
-- National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry
-- Book of the Year Award, Utah
-- OAY Award, Poetry Council of North Carolina
-- Thomas Wolfe Literary Award

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60[cent] coffee and a quarter to dance :
ISBN: 080712995X. OCLC Number: 57357496

Louisiana State University Press,. .

Carolina ghost woods :
ISBN: 0807125555. OCLC Number: 42935670

Louisiana State University Press,. .

The daughter of sharecroppers and raised on a small farm near the Carolinas' border, Judy Jordan in her first poetry collection transforms the harshness of her youth with the beauty, inventiveness, and musicality of language. Physical and emotional privation, familial violence, racial enmity, and recurrent death haunt Carolina Ghost Woods, which is set amid the lush landscape of the South and enfolds the wildness -- inclement and consoling by turns -- of nature and agriculture. Jordan, though, reveals compassion as well as passion for her subject matter and the people in her poems, creating lines of hope and chords of ecstatic energy out of despair. She offers a poetry of witness that does not sacrifice the aesthetics of language and rhythm: Here I bring my sorrows like the delft blue mussel shells, fingertip tiny, most beautiful when strewn wide with loss.