Chana Bloch

Berkeley, CA 94707-1533

Author's Bio

Chana Bloch is a poet, translator, scholar and teacher. She is the author of four books of poems, most recently Mrs. Dumpty and Blood Honey. She is co-translator of the biblical Song of Songs and six books of Israeli poetry, most recently Yehuda Amichai's Open Closed Open and Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch, as well as the author of a critical study of George Herbert. Bloch is Professor Emerita of English at Mills College, where she taught for over thirty years and directed the Creative Writing Program. Since retiring, she has devoted herself to poetry, translation, and occasional teaching. She is the Poetry Editor of Persimmon Tree (, an online journal of the arts by women over sixty.

Publications and Prizes

(co-trans.) Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2009)
, (co-trans.) Open Closed Open by Yehuda Amichai
(Harcourt, 2000)
, (co-trans.) The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai
(University of California Press, 1996)
, (co-trans.) The Song of Songs
(University of California Press, 1998)
, (co-trans.) The Window by Dahlia Ravikovitch
(Sheep Meadow Press, 1989)
, (trans.) A Dress of Fire by Dahlia Ravikovitch
(Sheep Meadow Press, 1978)
, Blood Honey
(Autumn House Press, 2009)
, Mrs. Dumpty
(University of Wisconsin Press, 1998)
, The Past Keeps Changing
(Sheep Meadow Press, 1992)
, The Secrets of the Tribe
(Sheep Meadow Press, 1981)
Pushcart Prize
(Pushcart Press, 2005)
, Pushcart Prize, VI
(Pushcart Press, 1981)
, The Best American Poetry
(Scribner, 1999)
, The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women
(Columbia University Press, 2005)
Atlantic Monthly, Iowa Review, Marlboro Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Salmagundi, The Nation, The New Yorker, Threepenny Review, Virginia Quarterly Review
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POETRY: Di Castagnola Award, Poetry Society of America, for Blood Honey (2004), Felix Pollak Prize for Mrs. Dumpty (1998), California Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry for Mrs. Dumpty (1999), Writers Exchange Award, Poets & Writers (1988), Yale Younger Poets Series for The Secrets of the Tribe (shortlisted, 1981), Discovery Award, The Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y, New York City (l974). TRANSLATION: Northern California Book Award for Hovering at a Low Altitude: The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch (2010), PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for Open Closed Open (2001), Griffin Poetry Prize for Open Closed Open (shortlisted, 2001), PEN Oakland Poetry Award for Open Closed Open (2001), Translation Award, Bay Area Book Reviewers Association for The Selected Poetry of Yehuda Amichai (1987), Translation Award, Translation Center at Columbia University for A Dress of Fire (1978). FELLOWSHIPS: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in Translation (1999), National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (1989), National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1980). RESIDENCIES: Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center for Scholars and Artists (2004), MacDowell Colony (1988, 1992, 1993, 1997, 2000), Yaddo (1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2009), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (1989, 1991, 2006). SCHOLARSHIP: Book of the Year Award, Conference on Christianity and Literature for Spelling the Word: George Herbert and the Bible (1986).

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Hebrew, Yiddish
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New York
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New York, NY
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Last updated: Mar 21, 2011