Discipline: Literature – poetry

Marya Zaturenska

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Shelburne Falls, MA
MacDowell Fellowships: 1940, 1941, 1948

Marya Zaturenska (1902 –1982) was an American lyric poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1938. She was born in Kyiv and her family emigrated to the United States, when she was eight and lived in New York. Like many immigrants, she worked in a clothing factory during the day, but was able to attend night high school. She was an outstanding student and won a scholarship to Valparaiso University; she later transferred to the University of Wisconsin Madison, receiving a degree in library science. She met her husband, the prize-winning poet and, later, MacDowell Fellow Horace Gregory there; they married in 1925. She wrote eight volumes of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cold Morning Sky, and she edited six anthologies of poetry. Her work appeared in The New York Times and Poetry Magazine.

Portrait courtesy of The Poetry Foundation