Grace Schulman

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Grace Schulman (born Grace Jan Waldman, 1935 New York City) is an American poet.


Schulman studied at Bard College, and graduated from American University in 1955, and from New York University with a 1971.[1]

She is Distinguished Professor of English at Baruch College, CUNY, and has taught poetry writing at Princeton University, Columbia University, Wesleyan University, Bennington College, and Warren Wilson College Schulman’s seventh collection of poems is "Without a Claim "(Mariner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013). Her recent collection of essays is First Loves and Other Adventures" (University of Michigan Press, 2010). She is the author of "Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems," which was selected by Library Journal as one of the “best poetry books of 2002," and was a finalist for the Phi Beta Kappa Award of that year. Wallace Shawn wrote of her poems, "When I read her, she makes me want to live to be four hundred years old, because she makes me feel there is so much out there, and it's unbearable to miss any of it," and Harold Bloom wrote of The Paintings of Our Lives: "These elegiac lyrics are reveries upon art, street scenes, and the beloved dead. Many of them are so exquisite in their sensibility, so intricate in their texture, that they are likely to endure as long as we have discerning readers. The American Scholar selected her poem, Headstones, as Best Poem of 2004.Among her honors are the 2016 Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, the highest award of the Poetry Society of America; the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry; the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; a Guggenheim Fellowship; four Pushcart Prizes; New York University's Distinguished Alumni Award; and a Fellowship from the New York Council on the Arts. Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as Best American Poetry (1995), Best of the Best American Poetry 1989-99 (1999), and American Religious Poems (2006). [2] Her poetry is described by Mary Ann Caws in "Grace Schulman's Seeing," from" In the Frame: Women's Ekphrastic Poetry," edited by Jane Hedley (University of Delaware Press); and by David Mason, in "Grace Schulman's Songs of Praise<" Sewanee Review.

Her work has appeared in the New Yorker,[3] the New Republic, Paris Review,[4] Antaeus, Grand Street, the Yale Review, the Hudson Review, "Atlantic Monthly," and the Kenyon Review.

Editor of "The Poems of Marianne Moore" (Viking Penguin 2003), Schulman served as Poetry Editor of the Nation (1972–2006), where she published the poems of Octavio Paz, William Merwin, and May Swenson [5] and director of the Poetry Center, 92nd Street Y, 1973-1985, where she founded a contest then called "Discovery-The Nation."[6]

Schulman married a scientist, Jerome L. Schulman, M. D.,in 1959, and took his name as her own. The marriage lasted for fifty-seven years until his death in 2016. She lives in New York and in East Hampton.


Frost Medal for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in American Poetry, 2016

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry, 2004–2005
  • Aiken Taylor Award for Poetry, 2003

. Four Pushcart Prizes (Poetry), 21, 23, 27, 32s

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, New York University Graduate Arts and Sciences, 2003
  • Finalist, Phi Beta Kappa Awards, 2002.
  • Delmore Schwartz Award for Poetry, 1996.
  • Poetry Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, 1995.
  • "Best Poem of 2004," American Scholar.






  • T. Carmi, At the Stone of Losses (poems), University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1983.
  • Pablo Antonio Cuadra (1979). Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea: Selections from the "Songs of Cifar," 1967-1977. Translators Grace Schulman, Ann M. De Zavala. Columbia University Press. ISBN 978-0-231-04772-2. 


  • The Best American Poetry 1995, edited by David Lehman and Richard Howard.
  • The Best of the Best American Poetry 1988-1998, edited by David Lehman and Harold Bloom.
  • Pushcart Prizes 21, 23, 27, and 32.
  • American Religious Poems, edited by Harold Bloom and Jesse Zuba.
  • I Speak of the City, edited by Stephen Wolf.
  • The Poetry Anthology,1912-2002, edited by Jospeph Parisi and Stephen Young.
  • Hammer and Blaze: A Gathering of Contemporary Poets, edited by Ellen Bryant Voigt and Heather McHugh.


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