JEWISH RECIPIENTS OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR POETRY
(17% of recipients)
Listed below are recipients of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry who were, or are, Jewish (or of partial Jewish descent, as noted). For lists of Jewish novelists, playwrights, poets, and other Jewish writers, see Jews in Literature.
- Marya Zaturenska 1(1938), Cold Morning Sky
- Karl Shapiro (1945), V-Letter and Other Poems
- Stanley Kunitz (1959), Selected Poems, 1928-1958
- Louis Simpson 2(1964), At the End of the Open Road
- Anthony Hecht (1968), The Hard Hours
- George Oppen (1969), Of Being Numerous
- Richard Howard (1970), Untitled Subjects
- Maxine Kumin (1973), Up Country
- Howard Nemerov (1978), Collected Poems
- Louise Glück (1993), The Wild Iris
- Philip Levine (1995), The Simple Truth
- Jorie Graham 3 (1996), The Dream of the Unified Field
- Lisel Mueller 4 (1997), Alive Together: New and Selected Poems
- Mark Strand (1999), Blizzard of One
- C. K. Williams (2000), Repair
- Carl Dennis (2002), Practical Gods
- Philip Schultz (2008), Failure
1. Not widely known to have been Jewish, but according to her son Patrick Gregory's introduction to The Diaries of Marya Zaturenska, edited by Mary Beth Hinton (Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY, 2002, p. xvii), "her parents were Jewish." See also The Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers, by Sanford Sternlicht (University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI, 2004, p. 122).
2. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father; see The King My Father's Wreck: A Memoir, by Louis Simpson (Story Line Press, 1995, p. 46). Works by Louis Simpson, Anthony Hecht, Richard Howard, Philip Levine, Jorie Graham, and C. K Williams were among those included in a special edition of the Princeton University Library Chronicle (Vol. LXIII, 1-2, Autumn 2001 - Winter 2002) that was devoted to the work of American Jewish writers.
3. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father.
4. Jewish father (Prof. Fritz Neumann).