Grace Schulman''s acclaimed poetry is often about joy, the
celebration of the miraculous, and the birth of beauty from
adversity. In her new prose collection, she explores the passion
for reading and other disciplines that led her to exult in her
In First Loves and Other Adventures Schulman explores
how she became a writer; her wide-ranging influences; and some of
the many writers and works that have enchanted her over the years,
ranging from Genesis and Song of Songs in the King James Bible to
T. S. Eliot to Walt Whitman. These reflections on her art and
career touch on a variety of other disciplines, including science,
the novel, music, and art, and their relation to poetry as a field.
Her belief that art transcends formal boundaries is a recurring
theme throughout her discussion of these influences, as well as in
her own work.
Grace Schulman is the author of six books of poems. Among her
honors are the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, the Delmore Schwartz
Memorial Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and New York University''s
Distinguished Alumni Award. Her poems have won three Pushcart
Prizes, and her collection Days of Wonder was selected by
Library Journal as one of the best poetry books of 2002.
Schulman is the former director of the Poetry Center and former
poetry editor of the Nation and currently is Distinguished
Professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New
A volume in the POETS ON POETRY series, which collects critical
works by contemporary poets, gathering together the articles,
interviews, and book reviews by which they have articulated the
poetics of a new generation.