Judith Moffett

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Judith Moffett
Author Photo by Mark Kidd Studios, 2008
Author Photo by Mark Kidd Studios, 2008
Born1942 (age 81–82)
Kentucky, U.S.
SubjectPoetry, Science fiction, Literary criticism

Judith Moffett (born 1942) is an American author and academic. She has published poetry, non-fiction, science fiction, and translations of Swedish literature. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities[1] and presented a paper on the translation of poetry at a 1998 Nobel Symposium.[2]

She began her career writing poetry and about poets, including a 1984 book about James Merrill, who was both her friend and mentor. Moffett still writes for organizations such as the Academy of American Poets.[3] She did not publish science fiction until 1986, but gained almost immediate attention by winning the first Theodore Sturgeon Award in 1987. Her first novel, Pennterra (1987), further enhanced her reputation. It is noted both for its treatment of alien sexuality and as an example of Quakers in science fiction.[4] In the following year, 1988, she won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction. In 1989 her novella Tiny Tango also received award nominations.



  • Pennterra (Congdon & Weed, 1987; reprint edition, Fantastic Books, 2009; ebook editions: SF Gateway/Orion Publishing Group, 2015)
  • The Ragged World (Holy Ground Trilogy, Book 1, St. Martin's Press, 1991; ebook editions: SF Gateway/Orion Publishing Group, 2015)
  • Time, Like an Ever-Rolling Stream (Holy Ground Trilogy, Book 2, St. Martin's Press, 1992; ebook editions: SF Gateway/Orion Publishing Group, 2015)
  • The Bird Shaman (Holy Ground Trilogy, Book 3, Bascom Hill Publishing Group, 2008; ebook editions: SF Gateway/Orion Publishing Group, 2015)


  • Keeping Time: Poems (LSU Press, 1976, poems)
  • Whinny Moor Crossing (Princeton University Press, 1984, poems)
  • Two that Came True (Pulphouse Publishing, Author's Choice Monthly #19, 1991, science-fiction stories; ebook edition: SF Gateway/Orion Publishing Group, 2015)
  • Tarzan in Kentucky (David Robert Books, 2015, poems)
  • The Bear's Baby and Other Stories (SF Gateway/Orion Publishing Group, 2017, ebook edition, short stories)


  • Tiny Tango (Amazon Digital Publishing ebook, 2014)

Translations from the Swedish[edit]

  • Gentleman, Single, Refined and Selected Poems, 1937-1959 by Hjalmar Gullberg (LSU Press, 1979)
  • The North! To The North! Five Swedish Poets of the Nineteenth Century (Southern Illinois University Press, 2001)

Short stories[edit]

  • "After Three Wordsworths" (Shenandoah, March 1980)
  • "Surviving" (F&SF, June 1986)
  • "The Hob" (Asimov's, May 1988)
  • "Tiny Tango" (Asimov's, February 1989)
  • "Not Without Honor" (Asimov's, May 1989)
  • "Remembrance of Things Future" (Asimov's, December 1989)
  • "I, Said the Cow" (F&SF, January 1990)
  • "Final Tomte" (F&SF, June 1990)
  • "The Ragged Rock" (Asimov's, December 1990)
  • "Chickasaw Slave" (Asimov's, September 1991) (collected in Mike Resnick's anthology Alternate Presidents in 1992)
  • "The Realms of Glory" (Heaven Sent, Peter Crowther and Martin H. Greenberg, eds, DAW Books, 1995)
  • "The Bradshaw" (F&SF, October 1998)
  • "The Bear's Baby" (F&SF, October/November 2003)
  • "The Bird Shaman's Girl" (F&SF, October/November 2007)
  • "The Middle of Somewhere" (Welcome to the Greenhouse, Gordon Van Gelder, ed, OR Books, 2011)
  • "Ten Lights and Darks" (F&SF, January/February 2013)
  • "Space Ballet" (Tor.com, February 4, 2014)


Awards, honors, and recognitions[edit]


  1. ^ About Judith Moffett
  2. ^ The Language of Inquiry, Lyn Hejinian, University of California Press, 2000, p.296
  3. ^ "Academy of American Poets | Academy of American Poets".
  4. ^ Article Title

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