Joy Ladin

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 09/13/2012

Joy Ladin, Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University, has published seven books of poetry, including Coming to Life, given a Forward Fives award as one of the most important Jewish books of poetry published in 2010, Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration, Psalms, The Book of Anna (a verse novel in the voice of a Jewish concentration camp survivor), and newly-published Impersonation. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life:  A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist and won a Forward Fives award. Her poems and essays have appeared in many periodicals, including American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, and Parnassus: Poetry in Review. Her work has been recognized with a Fulbright Scholarship and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship. A chapbook of new poems, "Answers to the Name `Lucky,'" is forthcoming from Blue Lyra Press as part of its Delphi Series.


Twitter Username: @joyladin


  • Impersonation: Poems 2004-2014 , Sheep Meadow Press (April 2015)
  • The Definition of Joy , Sheep Meadow Press (2012)
  • Coming to Life , Sheep Meadow Press (2010)
  • Psalms , Wipf & Stock (2010)
  • Transmigration , Sheep Meadow Press (2009)
  • The Book of Anna , Sheep Meadow Press (2006)
  • Alternatives to History , Sheep Meadow Press (2003)
  • Through the Door of Life: a Jewish Journey Between Genders , U. of Wisconsin Press (2012)


  • National Jewish Book Award finalist (memoir)(2012)
  • Forward Fives Award (non-fiction)(2012)
  • “Continuing the Legacy of Stonewall” Award(2012)
  • Forward Fives Award (poetry)(2010)
  • Lambda Literary Award finalist(2009)


  • Director, Beren Writing Center at Yeshiva University (September 2003 - )
  • Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University (September 2003 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College (May 1982)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from U. of Massachusetts (Amherst) (May 1995)
  • Doctoral Degree in American Poetry and Poetics from Princeton University (May 2000)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry