Judy Halebsky, PhD

Judy Halebsky is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Spring and a Thousand Years (Unabridged). She holds an M.F.A. in English & Creative Writing from Mills College and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her honors include fellowships from MacDowell, Millay, the Vermont Studio Center as well as the New Issues Poetry Prize and a Graves Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities. At Dominican University of California, she directs the MFA in Creative Writing program and teaches courses in poetry and live storytelling.


University of California, Davis, PhD, Performance Studies

Mills College, Oakland, California, MFA, English and Creative Writing

Mount Allison University, BA, Creative Arts

Research Interests

Judy studies the creative process in poetry and live performance. Her dissertation focused on the cultural translation of Japanese Noh Theater. More recently, she has published on Canadian poet Roy Kiyooka and global movements in haiku. Currently, she is working with Ayako Takahashi on post-Fukushima eco-poetics. 

Honors and Awards

  • Graves Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowship
  • Millay Colony Fellowship
  • Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
  • Murata Foundation Research Grant, co-researcher of Japanese eco-poetry
  • First Book Award, New Issues Poetry and Prose
  • Japanese Ministry of Culture, Research Fellowship (MEXT, Japanese Literature, Hôsei University, Tokyo, Japan, 3 years. Monbusho, Kanazawa College of Art, Ishikawa, Japan. 18 months.)
  • Association for Asian Performance, Emerging Scholar
  • University of California, Pacific Rim Research Project Grant 
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Quest Grant in Poetry