Rod Jellema

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Rod Jellema
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Born 1927
Nationality American
Alma mater Calvin College, University of Edinburgh

Rod Jellema (born 1927) is an American poet, teacher, and translator.


He holds a B.A. from Calvin College and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Jellema began teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1955, where he founded and directed the creative writing program. He is currently Professor Emeritus.

He is the author of five books of poetry and three translations. His work has been awarded the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the Pieter Jelles Prize (Piter Jellespriis) (Friesland) and a Columbia University Translation Prize for his translations of Frisian poetry. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. His work has appeared in various publications including Atlanta Review, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Field, Many Mountains Moving, Plum Review, and Poet Lore.

He divides his time between Washington, DC, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Lake Michigan dunelands near Montague, Michigan.

He is currently working on an early history of New Orleans jazz titled Really Hot: A New Hearing for Old New Orleans Jazz (co-authored with the late Gordon Darrah).[1]



  • Incarnality: The Collected Poems of Rod Jellema (Eerdmans 2010)
  • A Slender Grace: Poems (Eerdmans, 2004)
  • The Eighth Day: New & Selected Poems (Dryad Press, 1984)
  • Something Tugging the Line (Dryad Press, 1974)
  • The Lost Faces (Dryad Press), 1979


  • The Sound That Remains: A Historical Collection of Frisian Poetry (Eerdmans, 1990)
  • Country Fair: Poems from Friesland Since 1945 (Eerdmans, 1985)


  1. ^ projects on author website

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