Kathleen (Drucker) Spivack

Watertown, MA 02472-1902
(617) 926-1637

Author's Bio

Kathleen Spivack's forthcoming book, the novel "Unspeakable Things," is coming from Knopf in early 2016. It just received a starred review from Booklist: "a macabre fairy tale of monstrous fascinations, horrific exploitations, and desperate strategies of survival.... Amid gothic eroticism and chamber-of-horrors surrealism, Spivack considers the epic betrayal of the European dream that art, culture, and rationality can triumph over hate, malevolence, and terror." Kathleen Spivack's previous book, the memoir "With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz and Others" was published by the University Press of New England in 2012. Kathleen came to Boston in 1959 to study with Robert Lowell in that ”famous class.” He introduced her to the poets of his time who took her under their wing. The memoir looks at personal friendships and work. It gives unique insights into the poets and the poetry. To see what people have been saying about With Robert Lowell and His Circle, go here: http://www.kathleenspivack.com/p/reviews.html. Kathleen is available for readings and presentations. For further information and to order the book, please visit http://www.upne.com. Kathleen Spivack's chapbook, “A History of Yearning,” won the Sows Ear International Poetry Chapbook Prize in 2010, and she recently received the Allen Ginsberg, Erika Mumford, and Paumanok awards for her poetry. Her book won the New England Book Festival and London Book Festival Prizes. Earlier books are Moments of Past Happiness, Earthwinds/Grolier; The Break-Up Variations; The Beds We Lie In (Scarecrow 1986), nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; The Honeymoon: a Collection of Short Stories (Graywolf 1986); Swimmer in the Spreading Dawn (Applewood 1981); The Jane Poems (Doubleday 1973); Flying Inland (Doubleday 1971). Published in over 400 magazines and anthologies, Kathleen’s work has been translated into French. Kathleen Spivack has taught in France full or half time for the past twenty-one years (1990-present). A Fulbright Professor in Creative Writing in France (1993-94), Ms. Spivack has been Visiting Professor at the University of Paris VII-VIII, the University of Tours, the University of Versailles, and the Ecole Superieure (Polytechnique). She also teaches in the U.S. and has been Visiting Writer at American Universities. She has held grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; Massachusetts Artists Foundation; Bunting Institute; Howard Foundation; Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities; is a Discovery winner and has been at Yaddo, MacDowell, Ragdale, Karolyi, and the American Academy in Rome. She has won international awards for her essays, Best Travel Writing: Solas awards. & Grand Prix. In Boston and Paris she directs the Advanced Writing Workshop, an intensive training program for professional writers. She has read her work widely in both the United States and Europe. Ms. Spivack has been Writer-in-Residence throughout the U.S. She gives theater performances and master classes. She has taught at conferences in Paris, Aspen, Santa Fe, Burgundy, Skidmore, and on the high seas, (Holland American Line). For a list of recent periodical and anthology publications, see here: http://www.kathleenspivack.com/p/recent-periodical-publications.html.

Publications and Prizes

Flying Inland
(Doubleday, 1973)
, Moments of Past Happiness
(Earthwinds Editions, 2007)
, Swimmer in the Spreading Dawn
(Apple-Wood Books, 1981)
, The Beds We Lie In
(Scarecrow Press, 1986)
, The Honeymoon
(Graywolf Press, 1986)
, The Jane Poems
(Doubleday, 1974)
, Unspeakable Things
(Alfred A. Knopf, 2016)
, With Robert Lowell and His Circle: Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Elizabeth Bishop, Stanley Kunitz & Others
(University Press of New England, 2012)
Best Travel Writing, 2007-2010 Solas Awards; International Grand Prixi
, Best Womens' Travel Writing, Solas awards. 2007-2009
, Book Of Women Poets: From Antiquity To Now
(Schocken Press, 1992)
, Poetry from Sojourner
(University of Illinois Press, 2004)
, The New Yorker Book of Poems
(Viking, 1969)
, The Poetry Anthlogy 1912-2002, ed Parisi (from Poetry Magazine)
, The Poetry Antholgy 1912-2002
(Ivan R. Dee, 2002)
Agni, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, Harvard Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, Kenyon Review, Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Nimrod, North American Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Southern California Anthology, Spoon River Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review
Concert Halls, Boston, NY, L.A., elsewhere
, Paris, Fr. Shakespeare & Co. & Village Voice, Red Wheelbarrow, French university & theatre settings 1995-present
, Theatre venues, New York, Boston
, throughout the US, France 1969-present
A History of Yearning. Chapbook Prize
(The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
2012 "Garden As Paradise" Essay, Connecticut Review 2011 "The Great Railroad Train of Art won the Knightsville Poetry prize, The New Guard Review, selected by Charles Simic, and is a Pushcart nominee. 2011 “The Tolstoi Quartet’s Story” a novella, just won the Carpe Articulum Short Fiction Award 2010 London Book Festival: A History of Yearning 2010 New England Book Festival: A History of Yearning 2010 Allen Ginsberg Award: Their Tranquil Lives 2010 Erica Mumford Award: The Caretaker Takes Pity 2010 Sows Ear International Poetry Chapbook Prize: A History of Yearning

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
European American
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Fluent in: 
English, French
Born in: 
New York City
Raised in: 
North Bennington, VT
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Last updated: Oct 20, 2015