Judy Halebsky, PhD

Judy is the author of the poetry collections “Tree Line and Sky=Empty” which won the New Issues Prize. Her chapbook “Space/Gap/Interval/Distance” won the Poets-Under-Forty award from Sixteen Rivers Press. On a MEXT fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture she trained in Butoh dance at the Ohno Studio in Yokohama and studied Noh theatre at Hosei University in Tokyo. Her translations of poetry from Japanese to English include work by Yuka Tsukagoshi and Mizuho Ishida  Most recently, she has written essays on Moth-style storytelling and the poet Chana Bloch. 


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