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Judy Wells

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JUDY WELLS was born in San Francisco, the great-granddaughter of Irish immigrant Edward Rodgers (MacCrory), from Gortin, Co., Tyrone, and Letitia Kinney of Philadelphia. She received her B.A. from Stanford and her Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Everything Irish, her sixth poetry collection, was published by Scarlet Tanager Books in 2000. Her second Scarlet Tanager collection, Call Home, appeared in 2005. Her previous collections include The Calling: 20th Century Women Artists and Other Poems (Mother's Hen, 1994) and The Part-Time Teacher (Rainy Day Women Press, 1991), a comic tale of her odyssey as a part-time college instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has also written a series of essays entitled A Vegetarian in Ireland, based on three trips to Ireland to search for her roots. Her essay, "Daddy's Girl," has appeared in several editions of the Borzoi College Reader (Alfred A. Knopf) and an Irish essay, "The Sheela-na-Gigs," was published in Travelers' Tales Ireland. Judy is co-editor, with Marsha Hudson, Bridget Connelly, Doris Earnshaw, and Olivia Eielson, of The Berkeley Literary Women's Revolution: Essays from Marsha's Salon (McFarland). Judy taught creative writing, women's poetry, composition, and the Great Books at various Bay Area colleges, before a career as an Academic Counselor for adults in the School of Extended Education at St. Mary's College of California. She is currently a faculty member of the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at St. Mary's and lives with her husband, poet Dale Jensen, in Berkeley. For more information about Scarlet Tanager Books, send e-mail to