ABOUT THE POET
Phyllis Beck Katz is a poet, scholar, and teacher. She has published two poetry collections, Migrations (2013) and All Roads Go Where They Will (2010).
Her new book Migrations is a collection of poems that combine memory and meditation to focus on life’s many changes and on the challenges of aging.
Poet Alan Shapiro has noted that Katz's poems, "possess what another age would call knowledge of the human heart.” Author Vijay Seshadri says, "Katz's poems are spare, unforced, and ring with clarity."
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, the College of New Rochelle, and Miss Porter’s School. Since 1993 she has taught at Dartmouth College, offering undergraduate classes in Classics as well as Women’s and Gender Studies. She has also taught classes in poetry, cultural studies, and gender issues as part of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.
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.