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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry

Born: 1961



Illinois Connection

Jordan currently lives in her own environmentally friendly earthbag-and-cob house, in which she lives with her rescued dogs off-grid, surrounded by the Shawnee National Forest. She is an Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Biographical and Professional Information

Judy Jordan is an Associate Professor of English at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and teaches Creative Writing. She earned her bachelor's degree and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the University of Virginia in 1990 and 1995 respectively and earned a master of fine arts degree in fiction from the University of Utah in 2000. Jordan was the assistant professor of literature and creative writing with a cross appointment in women's studies at the San Marcos campus of California State University.

Along with the books she has published, Jordan's work also appears in two anthologies - Apocalypse Now: Poems and Prose from the End of Days and Floodgate Poetry Series 2.

Jordan also founded the SIPRAW, which rescues dogs out of the puppy mills, and practices kundalini yoga.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Carolina Ghost Woods''''' -- *Walt Whitman Award, Academy of American Poets, 1999

-- *National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, 2000

-- *Book of the Year Award, Utah

-- *OAY Award, Poetry Council of North Carolina

-- *Thomas Wolfe Literary Award