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PROFESSIONAL HISTORY                                                    

Chair, Division of Literature and Language, Dominican University of California, 2015-Present

Assistant Professor, Department of Literature and Language, Dominican University of California, 2010-Present

Research Fellowship, Japanese Literature, Hôsei University, Tokyo, Japan, 2007-2010



Ph.D. Performance Studies, University of California, Davis, 2009

Dissertation: "Transformation, Transmission, Translation: Japanese Noh in West Coast Arts Practice in San Francisco and Vancouver." Advisor: Lynette Hunter.

M.F.A. English and Creative Writing, Mills College, Oakland, California, 1998

B.A. Creative Arts, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada, 1996




Tree Line, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2014

Sky=Empty, New Issues Poetry & Prose, Western Michigan University, 2010

Poetry Chapbooks and Broadsides

 Space/Gap/ Interval/ Distance, Berkeley, California: Sixteen Rivers Press, 2012

“Lay it Down” Yuba Flows, (six-poet anthology) Hip Pocket Press, 2007

“Almost Turning Over” Littlesnake Broadside #21, Rattlesnake Press, 2006

Peer Reviewed Articles

with M. Anno, “Innovation in Noh: Matsui Akira Continues a Tradition of Change” Asian Theatre Journal. 31.1 (2014) 126-152. Print.

“Constellation Translation: A Canadian Noh Play” Theatre Research In Canada 34.1 (2013) 56- 74. Print.

"June Watanabe's Translation/Transformation of Japanese Noh in Contemporary Practice" Asian Theatre Journal, 24:2 (2007): 518-530. Print.


“Haiku in West Coast Poetics: What Kigo?” Haiku. Ed. Yasuomi Koganei. Tokyo: Meguro International Haiku Circle, 2014. 240-252. Print.

"Reflections on the Tokyo Poetry Festival" Mi'te: Poetry and Criticism (ミて:詩と批評) 105 (2009): 20-21. Print. (Japanese journal edited by Takako Arai)

"Japanese Elements in Contemporary North American Poetry through Roy Kiyooka's 'Pear Tree Pomes'" dANDelion, 29:1 (2003): 70-80. Print.

Selected Literary Journals

* Full citations available on request

Poems published in: The Antioch Review, Field, Washington Square, Clade Song, Bluestem, Poetry Flash, The Midwest Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Blackbird, Sugar House Review, the Journal, Failbetter, Zyzzyva, CALYX, Eleven Eleven {1111}, Verse Daily, Smartish Pace, Harpur Palate, New South, Soundings East, Hotel Amerika, Redivider, Ping Pong, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Poem-A-Day Academy of American Poets, Poetry Kanto, Yomimono, Poetry Now, Joy+Ride, Runes, High Desert Journal, Five Fingers Review, Rattlesnake Review, Mamazine, The Antigonish Review, Grain Magazine, Anteup, New Delta Review, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Other Voices International Project


“In the Pines” “Inverted Day” “Fragment” poems by Yuka Tsukagoshi, translated from Japanese into English by Judy Halebsky. Poetry Kanto, 2013. Print.

Japanese to English translations of Yuka Tsukagoshi’s poems in “Theatre Fury of a Border Crossing Mind” (越境あたまゲキジョ・思潮社) Tokyo: Shichousha Press, 2010, Print.

Book Reviews

 “99 Poems for the 99 Percent: an Anthology of Poetry” edited by Dean Rader. Horse Less Press. Online. Forthcoming.

“Dramatic Action in Greek Tragedy and Noh: Reading with and Beyond Aristotle” by Mae J. Smethurst. Asian Theatre Journal, 31:2 (2014): 622-5. Print.

 "Marlatt Writes Gracefully into Noh." Canadian Literature. 207 (2010): 156-7. Print.

Review of Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance by Tomie Hahn Dance Research 26:1 (2008) 60-61. Print.

Review of Theatre of Yugen, 25 Years edited by Erik Ehn Asian Theatre Journal, 34:1 (2007) 299-301. Print.

Review of Kazuo Ohno's World: From Without and Within by Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno Dance Research Journal, 38:1/2 (2006) 196-199. Print.


WRITING WORKSHOP FACULTY                                            

Workshop Leader, Writing from the Body, Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference, Cedarville, California, September, 2014

Workshop Leader, Sensory Connections in Poetry, Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference, Cedarville, California, September, 2013 

Workshop Leader, Basho’s Scent Link: Sensory Connection in Crafting a Poem

Sacramento Poetry Center Conference, 2013

Poetry Workshop Leader, Alameda County Fair, June 2013


TEACHING EXPERIENCE                                                             

Dissertation and Thesis Supervision

Committee Member: Chase Clow (Ph.D., California Institute for Integral Studies, 2014)

Supervisor: Jessica Dancisak (MA in Humanities, Fiction Writing, 2015)

Grant Dinsdale (MA in Humanities, Fiction Writing, 2013)

Casey Halcro (B.A. Humanities, Creative Writing, 2013)

Sarah Montgomery (MA in Humanities, Art Practice, 2012)


Literature, Dominican University of California

ENGL 3010 Survey of English Literature I

ENGL 3018 British Literature II

ENGL 3019 British Literature III

ENGL 3052 World Literature: Asian

ENGL 3060 Ethnic Literature: Native American

ENGL 3061 Ethnic Literature: Asian American

ENGL 3081 Major Works in Translation

ENGL 3002 Women’s Writing

ENGL 3426 Literary Magazine


Graduate Literature Seminars, Dominican University of California

HUM 5212 Graduate Seminar: Archetypes in Literature

HUM 5218 Graduate Seminar: British Literature in Context


Creative Writing, Dominican University of California

ENGL 2305 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 3405 Poetry Writing

ENGL 3412 Advanced Creative Writing


Graduate Creative Writing Workshop, Dominican University of California

HUM 5252 Graduate Seminar: Writing Themes& Techniques


Composition, Dominican University of California

ENGL 3200 Advanced Writing & Research

ENGL 1004 Expository Writing

ENGL 1003 Developmental Writing (pre-college level)


Graduate Research Methods, Dominican University of California

HUM 5001 Graduate Seminar: Core


Service Learning, Dominican University of California

ENGL 3450 Writing in the Community

CLQ 3380 Youth Advocacy and Creative Expression


First Year Experience, Dominican University of California

FYE 1910 Creative Writing and Big History


Interdisciplinary Colloquium, Dominican University of California

CLQ 2161 Storytelling in Oral, Visual, and Print Literature (paired with Graphic Design)

CLQ 3271 Literature of Nature (paired with Art History)


Drama, Department of Theatre & Dance, University of California, Davis

DRA 154 Asian Drama


AWARDS and HONORS                                                               

Short List, Pat Lowther Award for Tree Line, 2015

Short List, The Beliver Poetry Award for Tree Line, 2015

Short List, Firecracker Award in Poetry for Tree Line, Community of Literary Publishers, 2015

Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, July 2014

Bluestem Magazine, Postcard Contest, Grand Prize, 2014

Finalist, Green Rose Prize for Tree Line, 2013

Graves Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities ($10,000), 2012

Creative Works Fund Grant with Theatre of Yugen ($8000), 2012

California Book Award Finalist in Poetry for Sky=Empty, 2011

Writers' League of Texas Book Award Finalist in Poetry for Sky=Empty, 2011

Winner of Sixteen Rivers Press Chapbook Contest, 2011

Winner of the AWP Quickie Contest, Redivider Journal, 2011

Ina Coolbrith Circle, Poets Dinner, First Prize, 2011

New Issues Poetry Prize, First Book Award, 2009

Alice James Books, Beatrice Hawley Award Finalist, 2007

American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist, 2007

High Desert Journal, Obsidian Prize Finalist, 2007

Research Fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture (MEXT, Japanese Literature, Hôsei University, Tokyo (2007-2010)

Emerging Scholar, the Association for Asian Performance, 2006

Pacific Rim Research Project Grant, University of California ($4000), 2006

East Asian Studies, Research Grant, University of California, Davis, 2005

Graduate Fellowship, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of California, Davis, 2004-2005

Research Fellowship from the Japanese Ministry of Culture (Monbusho), Kanazawa College of Art, Ishikawa, Japan, 2001-2003

Canada Council for the Arts, Quest Grant in Poetry, 2000



Vermont Studio Center, full fellowship, 2014

Theatre of Yugen, Artist-in-Residence, 2010-12

Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Winter, 2011

Headlands Center for the Arts, Affiliate Artist, Fall 2010

Millay Colony of the Arts, Martha Martin fellow, Summer 2007

MacDowell Colony, Nadya Aisenberg fellow, Spring 2007


RECENT PRESENTATIONS                                                             

Guest Lecture, Tree Line, Graduate Creative Writing Seminar, Sacramento State University, February 2015

Guest Lecture, Tree Line, Creative Writing Department, San Francisco State, October 2014

Presenter, The Art of Difficulty: Challenging Poetry Students to Think Clearly, Read Smartly, Write Evocatively. Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Seattle, February 27, 2014

Presenter and Organizer, Surprising Seeds: Cultivating Poetry Across Art Practices. Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Seattle, February 27, 2014

Presenter, International Haiku Festival, Tokyo, Japan, October, 2013

Presenter, “Teaching Found Poetry in Interdisciplinary Classes” Big History Summer Institute, Dominican University of California, June, 2013

“Japanese Literary Traditions in West Coast Poetics: Roy Kiyooka’s Travel Journals”

Canadian Comparative Literature Association, University of Victoria, June 1, 2013

Public Lecture, “Japanese Literary Traditions in West Coast Poetics” Sacramento Poetry Center, 2012

Faculty Development Presentation, “Japanese Literature in American Poetry”

Dominican University of California, 2012

Presenter, “Visualizing and Writing Big History: Teaching Creative Disciplines through Big History” Asian Association of World Historians, Ewha Womens University, Seoul, Korea, 2012

Presenter and panel chair, "Innovations, Migrations, and Translations: Contemporary Poetry in Tokyo" Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Washington D.C., 2011

Presenter, "Matsui Akira as an Insider, Outsider, and Innovator to the Tradition of Noh”

Modern Language Association (MLA), Los Angeles, 2011

Presenter, "The Poetics of Handwriting in bpNichol's VEL{OUR{VEL{VEL{LUM Notebook" Western Canadian Studies Association, California State University Sacramento, 2011

Invited speaker, First Book Panel, Napa Valley Writers' Conference, 2011

Guest Lecture, Contemporary American Poetry, University of San Francisco, 2011

Guest Speaker, "Zen Buddhism in Japanese Arts" Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts, 2010

Invited Speaker, "Eki Mae: Poems Across Languages" International Japanese English Translation Conference, Miyazaki, Japan, 2010


INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKS                                                                

Poetry World Series, Poetry Performance, Mill Valley Public Library, California, 2012, 2014

Co-author of Noh Oratorio, Emmett Till A River, Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco, 2013

Opiate of the Masses, Storytelling, Mill Valley Public Library, California, 2012

Fly Leaf, Sound and Voice, Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco, 2012

Poem/Song. Wrote and directed original play staged at NOHspace in San Francisco, 2011

Kahlo. Five voice recitation of original text at Theatre of Yugen, San Francisco, 2011


CURRENT PROJECTS                                                                 

Poetry Manuscript The Sky of Wu

Research manuscript Body Language: Transformations of Noh and Haiku in North America

Interests: creative process, transnational poetry, translation, literature of migration



Japanese: advanced reading and speaking skills

French: advanced reading and speaking skills



Service to the University

Service to Faculty Governance, Chair:

English Search Committee 2014-1015


Service to Faculty Governance, Member:

Graduate Humanities Culminating Project Proposal Review Committee 2011-present Graduate Humanities Steering Committee (MAP) 2011 – 2012, 2014-2015

Dining Committee, 2014- Present

Student Life Committee, 2012-2014

International Partnerships Working Group, Fall 2013

Sabbatical Committee, Spring 2013


Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society Faculty Sponsor, Spring 2013 – present

Mentor student participation in annual convention

Reviewed submissions of conference papers, fall 2014

Led a group of eight students to present at the International Convention, 2013


Faculty Mentor for Academic Scholar Showcase, Spring 2012, Spring 2013

Mentored students chosen to present in the Academic Showcase


Organizer, Writing Out Loud, Reading Series, Dominican University of California, 2010-present


Service to the Discipline and the Community

Poetry Consultant, Faithful Fools Street Ministry book project, 2015

Poetry Judge, California Federation of Chaparral Poets, annual poetry contest, February 2014

Poetry Judge, Bay Area Poets Coalition, annual poetry contest, December 2013

Poetry Judge, Alameda County Fair, June 2013

Thingamajigs, San Francisco Bay Area arts non-profit that supports Pacific Rim collaborations, Board Member2010- 2012

Editor and Translator, EKI MAE, bilingual Japanese-English Poetry Journal, 2009- 2012


Selected Bibliography                                                                           

Aldredge, Michelle. “A Journey through Japan with Judy Halebsky” Gwarlingo. March 15, 2015. Online.

Burt, Steven. “New Works by Poets Jennier Moxley, Judy Halebsky, Saeed Jones” (Review of Tree Line.) Los Angeles Times. November 28, 2014. Print and Online.

(Syndicated. Review also appeared in The Chicago Tribute on January 11, 2015. Print.)

Gardner, Sarah. “Faculty Spotlight: Judy Halebsky.” The Torch. Dominican University of California, Spring 2014. p.24. Print.

Lynette Hunter. “Bordering on Borders: Dreams, Memory and Allegories in Writing.” Parallel Encounters. Edited by Gillian Roberts and David Stirrup. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013. Print.

Musha, Musashi. “Interview with Judy Halebsky on Japanese Poetry and Translation.Poetry International. May 18, 2013. web.

Paco Marquez. “Halebsky Review” Poetry Now. June 20, 2012. Print.

Steve Finbow. "Poetry in Motion" Japan Times (review of Sky=Empty). January 31, 2011. Print.

L.J. Moore, "When the I is Implied” (review of Sky=Empty) SF Books Examiner April 27, 2010. web.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT                                             

Workshop on Assessment, Teaching by Design, Dominican University, 2015

Webinar, Developing Indicators for What Matters Most in Your Teaching with David Sable, St. Mary’s University. December 16, 2014

Big History Summer Institute, 2011, 2013


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                                                       

Association of Asian Performance

Association of Writers and Writing Programs

Modern Language Association

Poetry Society of America