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Jacqueline Osherow

Distinguished Professor

Department of English
Languages & Communication Building
255 S Central Campus Dr., Room 3500
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone Number: 801-581-7947 
Email: j.osherow@utah.edu


Education

Awards

Books

Poems

 

 

Education

Ph. D.  English and American  Literature and Language,
Princeton  University, 1990. 

Cambridge University, “Satisfied Examiners”  at Trinity College on
Harvard’s  Fiske Scholarship, 1979

A.B. magna cum laude in History and Literature,
Harvard-Radcliffe, 1978

Professional Honors and Awards

Public Poetry Poster Project at Pennsylvania Center for the Book (2012)

2010 Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award (2011)

PEN Flanders Residency, Antwerp July, 2008

University of Utah, Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Award, 2003

Utah Arts Council Grant, 2004, 2001

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1999-2000)

John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1997)

Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship (1990)

Cecil Hemley Award, Lucille Medwick Award, John Masefield Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America

Wittter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1990)

Cambridge University Chancellor’s Medal for an English Poem, 1979

Books

Ultimatum from Paradise (LSU Press, 2014)

Whitethorn (LSU Press, 2011)

The Hoopoe’s Crown (BOA Editions,  2005)

Dead Men’s Praise (Grove Press, 1999)

With a Moon in Transit (Grove Press, 1996)

Conversations with Survivors (University of Georgia Press, 1994)

Looking for Angels in New York (University of Georgia Press, 1988)

Forthcoming:

My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple , arriving from LSU Press spring of 2019

 

Praise for Osherow’s Books:

Looking for Angels in New York: 
“At once intensely personal and universal, far-reaching and lasting “
Publishers’ Weekly

Conversations with Survivors:
“Gripping and evocative”
Booklist

With a Moon in Transit:
 “Osherow’s gift, in addition to her artist’s eye, lies in an ability to web archaic verse form and utterly contemporary nonstop speech.
Jerry Roscoe, The Dispatch

Dead Men’s Praise:
“It  may be true that “dead men don’t praise God”;  all the more urgency to do so when, while living, one has Osherow’s vitality and spiritual drive.” 
FR Reeve , Poetry

“Though she may be tongue-in-cheek, Osherow is deadly serious about art’s socially constructed messages, its over-determined educational and persuasive functions, and our peculiar human tolerance for atrocity. . . . In a series of psalms (titled “Scattered Psalms”) . .. she enchants with her colloquial entreaties and self-mocking digressions --  many of which are clothed in plastic stanzas that play off Spenserian stanza, rhyme royal and rhymed quatrains.  A tour-de-force for anyone doubting the contemporaneity of received verse forms.” 
Robin Becker/ American Poetry Review

Hoopoe’s Crown
“Here, again, Osherow dazzles . . ..There is proof in Osherow’s deft, musical language that a female Jewish poet can find a voice to contest, improve or revise tradition.”
Jeheanne Dubrow: in Prairie Schooner

Whitethorn: 
“No one – I think, is as successful as Osherow at making Jewishness a productive subject for poetry . . .. Osherow allows Judaism and Jewish history into her work as problems – as things to think about, with and sometimes against;  as sources of questions and, occasionally, answers. . . . Osherow’s poems are not psalms, exactly, but they offer their own powerful model of what American Jewish poetry can be." 
Adam Kirsch, Tablet Magazine

Ultimatum from Paradise:
"Osherow (Whitethorn) guides her reader from a light-filled Penn Station to Antoni Gaudi’s fluid  creations, stopping along the way to casuallycontemplate memory and history in a seventh collection that contains an intricate architecture all its own . . . .The collection’s acrobatic formal range includes rhymed, chain-linked sonnets and even a double-abecedarian.  Whether she’s discussing architecture, history, or language within these rigid poetic forms, Osherow's genuine enthusiasm shines through."
Publisher’s Weekly

Poems

Looking for Angels in New York
From Looking for Angels in New York

Ponar
From Conversations with Survivors, 1994:

Brief Encounter with a Hero, Name Unknown
From With a Moon in Transit, 1996:

Analfabeta
From Dead Men’s Praise

IX (LOOKING THROUGH THE WINDOW: PSALM 121) 
From “Scattered Psalms”  (in Dead Men’s Praise)

My Version: Medieval Acrostic
From The Hoopoe’s Crown

At the Wailing Wall

Hearing News from the Temple Mount in Salt Lake City

Whitethorn
From Whitethorn

Sonnets from the Song of Songs

Paestum Thunderstorm: Twenty Years On

White on White
From Ultiatum from Paradise, 2014 

Double Abecedarius

Golden Oldie

Counting My Losses

Last Updated: 9/1/17