Marilyn Zuckerman


Seattle, WA 98105

Author's Bio

Marilyn Zuckerman (1925–2019) was a woman of enormous strength, intelligence, and moral vision—highly cultured and fiercely political. She defied the gender roles placed on her by convention. She wanted to be recognized as the intellect, activist and creative poet that she was. Marilyn remained a fighter for peace and justice to the end of her life. Continuing to write into her 90s. Marilyn was an inspiration to aspiring writers and a model of how to take charge of the end of life.

She published six books of poetry, including Personal Effects, Alice James Books, Cambridge, 1976; Monday Morning Movie, Street Editions, N.Y., 1981; Poems of the Sixth Decade, Garden Street Press, 1993; and from Cedar Hill Publications, Amerika/America, 2002;  as well as a chapbook from The Greatest Hits series, Pudding House Publications, 2001. Her final collection, In the Ninth Decade, was published Red Dragonfly Press in 2010. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as New York Quarterly, The Little Magazine, Nimrod, Pig Iron, Mystic River Review, and Pemmican. She received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and an Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award for her work.

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Publications & Prizes

Claiming the Spirit Within (Beacon Press, 1996)
Amerika/America (Cedar Hill Publishing, 2002)
Marilyn Zuckerman-Greatest Hits, 1970-2000 (Pudding House Publications, 2001)
Poems of the Sixth Decade (Garden Street Press, 1993)
Mystic River Review

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Born in: 
New York, NY
New York
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Last update: Feb 18, 2021