Judith Roche Poetry


Judith Roche Poetry

Judith Roche, poet, editor, arts educator and translator, is the author of three collections of poetry, the most recent of which, Wisdom of the Body, Black Heron Press, 2007, won an American Book Award and was nominated for a Pushcart, Myrrh, My Life As a Screamer, Black Heron Press, 1994, Ghosts, Empty Bowl Press, 1985. She has edited a number of poetry anthologies and has co-edited First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim, University of Washington Press, 1998, also an American Book Award winner, is a collection of salmon stories from all around the North Pacific Rim, all written by indigenous writers, including Ainu writers from Northern Japan, and writers from the Amur River region and Sakhalin Island in Siberia, as well as Native writers from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. She has continued her involvement with salmon by writing about the "noble fish" in reviews, essays and poems. Her poems have appeared in over a hundred journals, anthologies and magazines.

She is a Fellow in the Black Earth Institute, http://www.blackearthinstitute.org/, a "Progressive think tank" of artists and scholars who are dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society. This association has deeply inspired her poetry and writing.

Judith was born and raised in Detroit in an active union-organizing family and still has deep ties to Michigan and to the Midwest. She has lived in Seattle for many years. She is a mother, a grandmother and a sister.


Judith currently teaches at Richard Hugo House in Seattle, and for Jack Straw Productions and has taught poetry workshops throughout the country. She was Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence in Residence at Seattle University in 2007, and taught at Cornish College of the Arts in fall of 2009. She is currently on the Washington State Humanities Inquiring Minds roster, http://www.humanities.org/inquiringmind/. She taught for years with Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program and has taught both incarcerated children and adults at several Washington State correctional facilities, including Remann Hall, Green River, Walla Walla, and Monroe. Teaching incarcerated youth to write poetry as a way of finding out the best of who they are, she believes, goes a long way toward saving the lives of troubled children. She was part of the Washington State Artists in Residence program for years.


Her awards include two American Book Awards, two nominations for the Pushcart Prize, Bumbershoot’s Golden Umbrella Award, the Faith Beamer Cook Lifetime Achievement Award, Jack Straw Writers Award, and grants from Seattle Arts Commission, King County Arts Commission, Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Commission, and Seattle University’s Distinguished Northwest Writer of 2007. She is Literary Arts Director Emeritus for One Reel, an arts producing agency, and is a Fellow in the Black Earth Institute, a progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society http://www.blackearthinstitute.org/.

Judith Roche
178 Lake Dell Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
206 329-4687

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