ABOUT THE POET
Phyllis Beck Katz is a poet, scholar, and teacher. She has published four poetry collections, including Ghost Orchids (Dos Madres Press 2020), Finding Ithaca (Dos Madres Press 2018), Migrations (2013) and All Roads Go Where They Will (2010) Antrim House Press).
Katz received her B.A. in English from Wellesley College, her M.A. in Greek from UCLA, and her Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University. She taught English and Classics at The University of Illinois, City University of New York, SUNY Purchase, Barnard College, the College of New Rochelle, and Miss Porter’s School. From 1993- circa 2015 Phyllis taught at Dartmouth College, offering undergraduate classes in Classics as well as Women’s and Gender Studies. She also taught classes in poetry, cultural studies, and gender issues as part of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program and is now retired from teaching but continues to write poems. Several new books are in progress. Phyllis is an active participant in workshops and readings offered by the Straw Dog Literary Guild for Writers in the Pioneer Valley. Drawing on her extensive background in Classics and Gender studies, she is currently working on a new collection of poems giving voice to ancient females. She is also working on a series of poems about birds.
Her poems have appeared in many journals including The Connecticut River Review, The New England Anthology, Ekphrasis, Bloodroot Literary Magazine, and The Salon. She is the winner of the 2014 Oberon Poetry Prize for her poem Emily Dickinson's Gorgeous Nothings.
Phyllis and her late husband, Arnold (July 30, 1932–January 25, 2016) had four children and eight grandchildren. She has recently moved from Norwich, Vermont to Northampton, Massachusetts.