Marge Piercy

Box 1473, Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667






                        A.B., University of Michigan

                        M.A., Northwestern University


Prizes, Honors: 

Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Humane Letters, Eastern Connecticut State University, 2005

Doctor of Human Letters, honoris causa Hebrew Union College, 2004

Paterson Award for Literary Achievement’04 Colors Passing Through Us

Paterson Poetry Prize 2000 for The Art of Blessing the Day

American Library Association 1997 Notable Book Award for What Are Big Girls Made Of?

Honorary Doctor of Letters, Lesley College 

Arthur C. Clarke Award, Best Science Fiction Novel published in the United Kingdom, 1993.

Barbara Bradley Award, New England Poetry Club, 1992

Brit ha-Dorot Award, The Shalom Center, 1992

May Sarton Award, New England Poetry Club, 1991

The Golden Rose, New England Poetry Club, 1990

Honorary Doctor of Letters, Bridgewater State College

Sheaffer-PEN/New England Award for Literary Excellence

Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prize, Calapooya Collage 1986, 90

 Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Association medal

 National Endowment for the Arts

  Literature Award, Mass. Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women

Borestone Mountain Poetry Award (twice)

Major and minor awards in poetry and fiction, Avery Hopwood Contest

Orion Scott Award in Humanities    

Lucinda Goodrich Downs Scholar

James B. Angell Scholar

Phi Kappa Phi                 

Phi Beta Kappa  



 2009                                    Visiting Writer, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2008                                    Mini-residency, St. Louis Community College, MO

2005                                    Writers in residence, World Fellowship Center, Conway, NH

2003                                    Mini-residency, Trinity College, St. Antonio, TX                 

2002                                    Residency and Silver Memorial Lecture, Temple Israel, Duluth, MN

2001                                    Bilgray Scholar-in-Residence, Temple Emmanuel Residency, U. of AZ

2001                                    Washington Library Association Conference, Spokane, Washington

1998, 00, 02, 04, 06              Hassayampa Summer Institute for Creative Writing, Prescott, Arizona

1996                                    Florida Suncoast Writers’ Conference

1995                                    University of North Dakota Writers Conference

1994                                    Thunder Bay Writers Conference

1992                                    DeRoy Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Michigan

1990, 91, 94,                        Master class in poetry, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

l986                                    Elliston Poet-in-Residence, University of Cincinnati 

1985                                    Fiction Writer-in Residence, Ohio State University

1984                                    Fiction Lecturer, New England Writers Conference

1984                                    Poetry & fiction, Lake Superior Writers Conference

1979, 81, 84                                 Visiting Faculty, Women’s Writers Conference, Hartwick College

1981                                    Poetry, Writers Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN

1977, 80                                    Poetry & fiction workshops at Writers Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington

1977                                    Butler Chair of Letters, State University of NY at Buffalo

1977                                    Purdue University Summer Write-In

1976                                    Fiction Writer-in-Residence, Holy Cross University, Worcester, MA

1976, 78, 80                        Visiting Faculty, Women’s Writers Conf., Cazenovia, NY

1976-77                                    Staff, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA

1975                                    Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Thos. Jefferson College, Grand Valley State Colleges,                                     MI

1971                                    Poet-in-Residence, University of Kansas, Lawrence          

1960-62                                    Teacher of literature, freshman composition and research methods, Gary Extension,             Indiana University.


I make my living as a novelist, poet, essayist, and reviewer.  I have given readings, conducted workshops or lectured at upwards of 400 institutions including:


Academy of American Poets

Amy Clampitt Poetry Series, Berkshire Museum, Pittsfleld, MA
Berkshire Museum

Cranbrook Institute

The Denver Public Library, Manhattan

Donnell Library

Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown

First Parish Brewster

Falmouth Jewish Congregation

Folger-Shakespeare Library

Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

The Institute for Policy Studies

The Lannon Foundation, Sante Fe, New Mexico

Lenox Massachusetts Arts Center

The Library of Congress

The Los Angeles Theatre Centre

Manhattan Theater Club, NY
Marine Biological Laboratory, MA

New England Poetry Club

Painted Bride Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Poetry Society of America

Poetry Center, 92nd  St. YM-YWCA, NY

Public Theatre, New York

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles

Temple Israel, MA

Walker Art Museum

Walnut St. Theater, Philadelphia

WOMAN, PBS (produced by WNED-TV)


And, outside the country:

City University of London

ICA, London

Langara College, Vancouver, Canada

Open University, Bletchley, England

Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, England

University of Oslo, Norway

Watershed, Bristol, England


As well as the following American colleges and universities:

Antioch College, Ohio

Barnard College

Beloit College

Boise State University

Brooklyn College

Brown University

Bryn Mawr

California State U at Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego

Case University

College of New Jersey

Colorado State University

Cornell College

            Christopher Newport University

Danville Community College


DePaul University

Eastern Oregon University

Endicott College

George Washington University

Grand Valley State College

Hampshire College

Harvard University

Indiana University South Bend

Iowa State University

Lafayette College

Marietta College

Montgomery College

Muhlenberg College

Northwestern University

New Jersey City University

Notre Dame

Oregon State University

Michigan State University

Queens College

San Diego State

Sarah Lawrence

St. Louis Community College

SUNY at Albany, New Paltz, Fredonia, Brockport, Farmingdale, and Oswego

Trinity University

University of Buffalo

University of CA, Irvine, Chico, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado

University of Connecticut

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Idaho

University of Illinois

University of Indiana

University of Kentucky

University of Massachusetts

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Montana

University of New Hampshire

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

University of Ohio

University of Oklahoma

University of Oregon

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rhode Island

University of Rochester

University of South Carolina—Sumter

University of Tennessee

University of Texas

University of Toledo

University of Vermont

University of Wisconsin

Wayne State University

Wellesley College

Wesleyan University
Westfield State College

Western Illinois University

William Smith College

Willamette University

Wright State University

York College

Plus hundreds of other colleges and universities


Major lectures or keynote speeches include the following:

41st Annual Writers’ Conference, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Albright College, PA

American Poetry Center, Men and Women: The Poetics of Sexuality

Bergen Community College, Owning Our Past and Claiming a Feminist Future

Bethany, Earlham School of Religion, Forum – The Arts of Peace, Richmond, IN

Commencement Address, Eastern Connecticut State University

Creating Herstory Ramapo University & Bergen Community College, NJ

Dorothy Killam Lecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Family Planning Advocates of NYC Conference

Goucher College, Women and Body Image Symposium

Haverford College Commencement Address

Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Women’s Studies Symposium–Women in the Future

Indiana University/Purdue University, Women in the Year 2000 Conference

Jewish Women Writing Feminism: A Symposium in Honor of Marge Piercy, The University of Michigan,

Marge Piercy Conference, University of South Alabama

National Women’s Studies Association Conference

National Writers Union, Boston Local Conference

New England Women’s Studies Association conference, Women and Justice

North Coast Education Summit

Northeast Women’s Study, Norwalk, CT

Ohio University, Conference on Feminist Criticism and Creativity

Oregon State University, Women’s Studies Symposium

Paths of Resistance: The Art & Craft of the Political Novel, Book of the Month Series, New York Public Library

PEN Freedom to Write Symposium

Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette

The Port Huron Statement and Making of the New Left, 1958–1965, A Fifty Year Commemoration, University of Michigan

Reading Literary Festival, Grossmont College, CA

Rutgers, Conference on Literature and the Urban Experience

San Diego State University, Symposium on Women and Judaism

St. Louis Community College, Women’s History Month

St. Louis, Shabbaton and Conference for Jewish Women, Perspective on the Relationship Between Poetry and Prayer, St. Louis, MO

The Jane Addams Conference, Chicago, IL

The Rochester Conference, Symposium on Power, University of Rochester, New York

The Sixth Pi Lambda Phi Jewish Studies Lectureship, West Virginia University

The Technology of Humanity Conference, Illinois Institute of Technology

Tikkun Conference, New York

University of Michigan, Planned Parenthood 25th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade

University of Missouri, Women in the New Age Conference

University of Wisconsin, Language and Literature – Conflict and Change in a Democratic Society Conference

Washington Library Association Conference, Spokane, WA

Wayne State University, 18th Annual Bernard Firestone Labor Arts Tribute, Detroit, MI

Women of Reform Judaism, Cambridge, MA

Women’s Spirituality Conference, Minnesota State University



3rd San Francisco International Poetry Festival

A Festival of Jewish-American Writers, Princeton University, NJ

Arizona Book Festival

Bates Writers’ Harvest

Beale Poetry Festival, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Boston Globe Book Festival & Book & Author Luncheon

Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA

Cape Cod Writer’s Center, National Poetry Festival

Detroit Metro Book & Author Luncheon

Eugene Walter Writers’ Festival

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

Grossmont College, El Cajon, CA

Harbour Front Reading Series, Toronto

Hay on Wye Literary Festival, Wales

International Poetry, Royal Festival Hall, London, England

Laguna Beach Poetry Festival, CA

Poetry Live Festival

Portland Poetry Festival

Provincetown Arts Festival

REAL/FAKE Festival, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA

Spoken Word Nantucket

University of Dayton LitFest

Wisconsin Humanities Council, American History Festival



Aspen Writers’ Conference

Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro, MA

Crandall Public Library, Glen Falls, NY

Elat Chayyim, The Woodstock Center for Healing and Renewal

Esalen Institute

Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing, Prescott, AZ

Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop, MA

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, MA

Kirkridge, PA

NY State Writers Institute, Albany, NY

Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Personal Narrative Workshop with Ira Wood, New Hampshire Writers’ Project

Port Townsend Writers’ Conference

Rowe Conference Center

Writers Conference, Rochester, NY



I have also given numerous benefits to raise money for:

Women’s Bail Fund, Transition House, Sojourner, The Second Wave, State and Mind, The Massachusetts Tenants’ Organization, various defense and strike funds, The Prostitutes Union of Mass., Cape Cod Women’s Liberation, The State Coalition to Ratify the ERA, l3th Moon, The Boston and San Francisco Rape Crisis Cen­ters, Feminist Writer’s Guild, women’s centers, the Detroit Women’s Community Health Project, Defense of the White House Lawn Eleven, Mobili­zation for Survival, Mass Choice, Roots of Choice, Rosie’s Place, Casa Myrna vasquez and Wellfleet Affordable Housing Trust, Peaceworks, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, and WOMR Outermost Cape Community Radio.


Video tapes:

Filmed at the Dodge Poetry Festival, New Jersey, September 1998:

“Sounds of Poetry with Bill Moyers”  Show #3, Public Affairs Television 8/11/99 devoted to Marge Piercy poetry and an interview with Marge Piercy.

“Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers,” Public Affairs Television, 1999.



2012                        Judge, WOMR Poetry Contest, MA

2010                        Judge, Philbrick Poetry Contest, RI

2009                        Chair, Fellowship Competition in Writing, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

2007                        Fiction Panel, National Endowment for the Arts

2006                        Artists Grants Panel in Poetry, Massachusetts Cultural Council

2005–                        Advisory Board, Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter (CASAS)

2004-                        Advisory Board, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College

2003                        Fiction Editor, Seattle Review

2000–                         Poetry Editor, Lilith

1999–                         Advisory Board Member Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund

1998                        Judge: Zone 3 Magazine Rainmaker Award

1998–2004            Advisory Board Member FEMSPEC: an interdisciplinary Feminist Journal

1997–2008            Editor, Leapfrog Press

1996–2001            Board, PEN New England

1995                        Judge: Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, U of Southern California

1993                        Judge: Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, Poetry Society of America

1993–                        Board Member, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal

1990-91                        Board, Massachusetts Cultural Council

1989                        Literature Advisory Panel, Poetry, National Endowment for the Arts

1989-95                        Advisory Board, HILAI, Israeli Center for the Arts

1988–                        Artistic Advisory Board, American Poetry Center

1988-89                        Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council

1988-96                        Poetry Editor, Tikkun

1987                        Radcliffe Bunting Institute Selection Committee

1987, 94                        Judge: Negative Capability poetry contest

1985 —                        Board, Contemporary Novelists, St. James Press, London.

1985-86                        Panelist, Literature, MA Council on Arts and Humanities

1983- 88                        Judge: Avery Hopwood Contest, Univ. of Michigan

1986-91                        Advisor to the Siddur Project, P’nai Or

1986-90                        Board, Mass. Council on the Arts and Humanities

1986-88                        Board, Israeli Center for the Creative Arts

1982-92                         Wesleyan University Press Poetry Program

1982-83                        Panel, Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage

1981                        Judge: Scholastic Awards

1979-81                        Advisor: POETRY ON THE BUSES

1978-85                        Board, Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities and Public Policy

1976 —                        Board, Transition House

1975-77                        Advisory Editor: APHRA

1974                        Poetry Board, Mass Council on the Arts

1971                        Consultant, New York State Council on the Arts


Professional Organizations

Authors Guild, Authors League, PEN, Poetry Society of America, National Writers Union, New England

Poetry Club


Reference Works on Marge Piercy

American Poets Since WWII, Third Series, ed. Felicia Mitchell, DLB Vol. 120, Gale Research, 1992.

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present, ed. Lina Nainiero, Volume 3, Ungar, New York, 1981.

Becoming and Bonding: Contemporary Feminism and Popular Fiction  by American Women Writers, Katherine B. Payant,  Greenwood Press, 1993.

Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series, Gale Research Company, Detroit, MI

Contemporary Literary Criticism, Literary Criticism Series, published from Fall 1990 through Fall 1991, ed. By Roger Matuz, Gale Research Inc. Detroit, MI

Contemporary Novelists, Vol. 5, Vol. 6 St. James Press, Chicago, IL

Contemporary Poets, 1980, St. James Press, London, England

Critical Essays on Marge Piercy edited by Sue Walker, Greenwood Publishers, forthcoming.

Current Biography, Volume 55, Number 11, November 1994, p.46-50

Dictionary of International Biography, Ernest Kay, General Editor, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook,  Bruccoli Clark Publishers, 1886

Directory of Young American Authors  Alan J. Wagenheim and Robert Day, Jr. Editors, Port Hays, Kansas State College, Hays, Kansas

Great American Writers: Twentieth Century, Ed. R. Baird Shuman, University of Illinoois, Marshall Cavendish, NY, 2002

International Who’s Who in Poetry,  International Biographical Centre, Cambridge England

Marge Piercy: An Annotated Bibliography, Pat Doherty, Greenwood Press, 1997

More than 100 Women Science Fiction Writers: An Annotated Bibliography, ed. Sharon Yntema, The Crossing Press, Freedom, CA, 1988.

Poets’ Perspectives: Reading, Writing and Teaching Poetry  Clairon University Press, 1991

St. James Guide to Jewish Writers Worldwide, St. James Press,  1996

The Cassell Handbook of Radicalism,  Cassell, June 1995

The Repair of the World: The Novels of Marge Piercy, Kerstin W. Shands, Greenwood Publishing Group, Connecticut, 1994

The World Who’s Who of Women, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England

The Writers Directory 1971, St. James Press, London, England

The Writers Directory,  St. James Press, Detroit,  MI

Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers, ed. Curtis C. Smith, 2nd Edition, St. James Press, 1986.

Two Thousand Notable American Women, First Edition, American Biographical Institute, Inc. 1989

Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who, New Providence NJ.

Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis Who’s Who, Providence NJ

Women’s Holocaust Writing, Lillian S. Kremer, University of Nebraska Press, 1999

World Authors, John Wakeman, Editor, H.W., Wilson Co., Bronx, New York



Books by Marge Piercy


BREAKING CAMP, Wesleyan University Press, 1968.

HARD LOVING, Wesleyan University Press, 1969.

4-TELLING (with Bob Hershon, Emmett Jarrett, Dick Lourie), The Crossing Press, l97l

TO BE OF USE, (with woodcuts by Lucia Vernarelli), Doubleday, l973.

LIVING IN THE OPEN, Knopf, l976.



CIRCLES ON THE WATER (Selected Poems), Knopf, l982.

STONE, PAPER, KNIFE, Knopf, l983.

MY MOTHER’S BODY, Knopf, 1985.

AVAILABLE LIGHT, Knopf, February 1988.

MARS AND HER CHILDREN, Knopf, April 1992.

WHAT ARE BIG GIRLS MADE OF?, Knopf,  February 1997


EARLY GRRRL, Leapfrog Press, March 1999.


The Crooked Inheritance, Knopf, 2006.

THE HUNGER MOON, New and Selected Poems, 1980-2010, Knopf, 2011.




GOING DOWN FAST, Trident, l969; paperback, Pocketbooks, l97l.

DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP, Doubleday, l970; paperback, Fawcett l97l.

SMALL CHANGES, Doubleday, l973; paperback, Fawcett l974.

WOMAN ON THE EDGE OF TIME, Knopf, l976; paperback, Fawcett, l977.

THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, Harper and Row, l978; paperback, Fawcett,l979.

VIDA, Summit, January l980, paperback Fawcett, l98l.

BRAIDED LIVES, Summit, February l982; paperback Ballantine/Fawcett l983.

FLY AWAY HOME, Summit, February 1984; paperback Ballantine/Fawcett 1985.

GONE TO SOLDIERS, Summit, May 1987; paperback Ballantine/Fawcett May 1988.

SUMMER PEOPLE, Summit, June 1989; paperback Ballantine/Fawcett June 1990.

HE, SHE AND IT, Knopf, October 1991; paperback Ballantine/Fawcett January 1993.

THE LONGINGS OF WOMEN, Fawcett, March 1994.

CITY OF DARKNESS, CITY OF LIGHT, Fawcett, Oct. 1996.  Trade paperback, 1997.

STORM TIDE (with Ira Wood), Fawcett, 1998.

THREE WOMEN, Morrow, Oct. 1999.

THE THIRD CHILD, Morrow/HarperCollins, 2003.

SEX WARS, Morrow/Harper/Collins, 2005.

VIDA, republished by PM Press with a new introduction by Marge Piercy, 2011.

DANCE THE EAGLE TO SLEEP, republished by PM Press with a new introduction by Marge Piercy, 2012.



PARTI-COLORED BLOCKS FOR A QUILT, Essays, University of Michigan Press, l982.

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE: How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and the Personal Narrative (with Ira Wood), Leapfrog Press, 2001

SLEEPING WITH CATS, A Memoir, Morrow/HarperCollins, 2002; paperback Perennial/HarperCollins, 2003

SO YOU WANT TO WRITE: How to Master the Craft of Writing Fiction and the Personal Narrative (with Ira Wood), New Expanded Edition, Leapfrog Press, 2005



Manuscripts and Archives           

Manuscript collection and archives are at the University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library; Cataloguing Librarian, Peggy Daub.