Positions and Awards


Yeshiva University, Full Professor (2010 – present)

Yeshiva University, Associate Professor (2007 –2010)

Yeshiva University, Assistant Professor (2003-2007)

Yeshiva University, Director, Beren Writing Center (2003-present)

Sarah Lawrence College, Visiting Professor (2007-2008)

Reed College, Visiting Assistant Professor (2002-2003)

Tel Aviv University, Fulbright Scholar-in Residence (2002)

Princeton University, Lecturer (2000-2)

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Adjunct (1994-2001)


Ph.D. Princeton University, American Literature (2000)

M.F.A. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Creative Writing – Poetry (1995)

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College, Creative Writing – Poetry (1982)


Impersonation: Poems 2004-2014. Sheep Meadow Press. 2015.

Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders. U. of Wisconsin Press, 2012.

The Definition of Joy. Sheep Meadow Press, 2012.

Coming to Life. Sheep Meadow Press, 2010.

Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry. VDM Publishing, 2010.

Psalms. Wipf & Stock, 2010.

Transmigration. Sheep Meadow Press, 2009.

The Book of Anna. Sheep Meadow Press, 2007.

Alternatives to History. Sheep Meadow Press, 2003.


Finalist, Lambda Literary Award (for Impersonation)

Commencement speaker, Harvey Milk High School, New York, NY, June 2015

2013 American Library Association Over the Rainbow List of LGBT Books (for Through the Door of Life)

Finalist, 2012 National Jewish Book Award (for Through the Door of Life)

“Forward Fives” Award for one of five most important Jewish non-fiction books of 2012 by The Forward

(for Through the Door of Life)

Named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of most influential or courageous Jews of the year

“Continuing the Legacy of Stonewall” Award 2012. Stonewall Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2012

Finalist, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Creative Non-fiction, 2012.

“Forward Fives” Award for one of five most important Jewish poetry books of 2010 by The Forward

(for Coming to Life)

Finalist for 2009 Lambda Literary Award (for Transmigration)

Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award (2009)

Nominated for Professor of the Year, Stern College (2006-7)

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2005-6)

David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English, Stern College for Women of Yeshiva University

(2003 – present)

Fulbright Scholar, Tel Aviv University (2002)

Whiting Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities (1999-2000)

Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, Princeton University (1999-2000)

Princeton University Fellowship (1996-1999)

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