Judith's latest book

The Circus Train


“The Circus Train” is an essay of novella length—something for which we have no term. But nevertheless it is meant to stand on its own. Even with the two additional companion essays, The Circus Train is a short book. Its intention is to explore, to argue, and to contemplate. Confronting memory and mortality, Judith Kitchen finds abundance in her own front yard.

“Judith Kitchen is an extraordinary person, writer, thinker, mentor, and The Circus Train takes her craft to a higher level altogether.” — Judith Shadford


Judith Kitchen is the author of four collections of creative essays, a novel, a collection of poetry, and a critical study. In addition, she has edited or co-edited five collections of short nonfiction pieces, an anthology of poetry, and a collection of literary interviews. Her awards include an NEA fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the Lillian Fairchild Award, and the S. Mariella Gable Award. She has served as judge for the AWP Nonfiction Award, the Pushcart Prize in poetry, the Oregon Book Award, and the Bush Foundation Fellowships, among others.



A CELEBRATION OF JUDITH KITCHEN, Sunday, May 31, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122. A chance for friends, former students, and other admirers to spend time together, remember Judith Kitchen and honor her work. In addition to a few planned remembrances by Stan Rubin, Stephen Corey, Kevin Clark, Peggy Shumaker, Dinah Lenney, Ann Pancake, Jennifer Culkin, Kelli Russell Agodon, Anne McDuffie, and Tina Schumann, there will be a chance for anybody who is so moved to speak briefly about Judith, read something of hers, or read something influenced by her.

UPCOMING BOOK, edited along with Dinah Lenney: More invigorating creative nonfiction—Brief Encounters, the fourth in a series of such anthologies including essays and excerpts from 77 writers, among them Julian Barnes, Stuart Dybek, Abigail Thomas, Patricia Hampl, Phillip Lopate, Eduardo Galeano, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Roxane Gay, Leslie Jamison, Claudia Rankine, Sven Birkerts, and Judith Kitchen herself, will be published by W.W. Norton soon. Subscribe to the website on the News & Events page to receive updates about this forthcoming book.

Judith’s final review/essay, “Da Capo al Coda”, in which she treats five books was completed for The Georgia Review just days before her passing and appears in their Winter 2014 issue. Read the essay

Fourth Genre is working on a remembrance issue which will be published in Fall 2015.

From The Georgia Review… “The totality of Judith’s intelligent, incisive, and humane discussions runs to some 750 of our pages—enough to fill nearly four full issues—and we are planning to bring out a generous selection of these poetry studies in book form by late 2015.”

Judith sadly lost her battle with cancer on November 6, 2014. She will be remembered not only by her books and poetry reviews, but also by those who she supported and were inspired by her. A remembrance page has been created for her on Facebook… Readers, writers, and teachers… please visit her page to share your thoughts about Judith.