Shirley Kaufman was born in Seattle, Washington in 1923. She is the author of over 10 poetry collections, including The Floor Keeps Turning (1970), Roots in the Air: New and Selected Poems (1996), and Ezekiel’s Wheels (2009). She has also translated the works of Israeli poets Abba Kovner, Amir Gilboa, and Meir Weiseltier, and co-edited the bilingual anthology The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poems from Antiquity to the Present (1994). Kaufman’s honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an Alice Fey di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Israeli President’s Prize for Literature. She lived in Israel with her husband from 1973 until her death in 2016.
Audio Recordings of Shirley Kaufman
- Shirley Kaufman reading from her own poems and from her translations of the works of Abba Kovner in the Recording Laboratory, Mar. 5, 1974
- Marvin Bell and Shirley Kaufman reading their poems in the Coolidge Auditorium, Mar. 24, 1981