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Judy Ray in ChicagoAbout Judy Ray

Judy Ray grew up on a farm in Sussex, England and graduated from the University of Southampton with a B.A.(Honours) in English. She lived in Uganda for almost six years in the 1960s, working as a secretary at Makerere University and then for Transition magazine.

In the United States, she made her home with her poet husband, David Ray, in Kansas City, Missouri, where she was associate editor of New Letters magazine, a producer of the radio program "New Letters on the Air," and the first executive director of The Writers Place. She has also spent time in India, New Zealand and Australia.

Judy Ray has presented readings at many places including the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, Arizona State Poetry Society, Knox College (Illinois), Vitalist Theatre (Chicago), Kansas City Public Library. A recording of her poems is held in the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard University.

In addition to the books shown on this site, she co-edited (with David Ray) the anthology Fathers: A Collection of Poems, was a co-translator (with Amritjit Singh) of a book of Punjabi poems, The Circle of Illusion, by Gurcharan Rampuri, and was a co-editor of The Whirlybird Anthology of Kansas City Writers, 2012.

After moving to Tucson, Arizona, Judy was a volunteer teacher of English Language Acquisition for Adults in the community for several years, and some of that experience, including hearing of the murder of one of her students, is described in her book of essays, From Place to Place.

Also of interest: Tokens (a feuillet), a poem in five parts; Tangents: Poems of Travel; New Poems; and Pebble Rings.

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