Box 1473, Wellfleet, Massachusetts 02667
A.B., University of Michigan
M.A., Northwestern University
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
The Denver Public Library, Manhattan
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown
First Parish Brewster
Falmouth Jewish Congregation
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
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
Boise State University
California State U at Sacramento, Fresno, San Diego
College of New Jersey
Colorado State University
Christopher Newport University
Danville Community College
Eastern Oregon University
George Washington University
Grand Valley State College
Indiana University South Bend
Iowa State University
New Jersey City University
Oregon State University
Michigan State University
San Diego State
St. Louis Community College
SUNY at Albany, New Paltz, Fredonia, Brockport, Farmingdale, and Oswego
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
Westfield State College
Western Illinois University
William Smith College
Wright State University
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
Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing, Prescott, AZ
Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop, MA
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, MA
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.
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
Authors Guild, Authors League, PEN, Poetry Society of America, National Writers Union, New England
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.
THE TWELVE-SPOKED WHEEL FLASHING, Knopf, l978.
THE MOON IS ALWAYS FEMALE, Knopf, l980.
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
THE ART OF BLESSING THE DAY, Knopf, March 1999.
EARLY GRRRL, Leapfrog Press, March 1999.
COLORS PASSING THROUGH US, Knopf, 2003.
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
PESACH FOR THE REST OF US, Schocken, 2007
Manuscripts and Archives
Manuscript collection and archives are at the University of Michigan Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library; Cataloguing Librarian, Peggy Daub.