CAROL RUBENSTEIN
April 2010

Ithaca, NY – Carol was born 11 August 1934 in NYC and attended Bennington College, Bennington, VT, 1955, 1969 (BA) and Johns Hopkins University, 1970, The Writing Seminars (MA).  Originally a dancer (Paul Taylor Dance Company during 1954-57), she continued in poetry, and was Resident Poet at the 212 Intermedia Workshop, Woodstock, NY and Member, St. Mark’s Poetry Series Committee, NYC (1966-67).  In 1971 she initiated a project to collect and translate oral poetry in Sarawak, E. Malaysia, Borneo, and received grants from the Ford Foundation (1971-74, 1976); Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation (1978); and the National Endowment for the Arts in Literary Translation (1984).  For her own poems she received grants from the Eben Demarest Foundation (1979) and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts for Poetry (2004).  Between 1977 and 1998 she received thirteen art colony residencies.

Publications (1975 – 2004) include Poems of Indigenous Peoples of Sarawak:  Some of the Songs and Chants, Parts 1 & 2, Special Monograph No. 2, Sarawak Museum Journal, Vol. 21 (No. 42) (Sarawak, Malaysia, 1975);  The Honey Tree Song:  Poems and Chants of Sarawak Dayaks (Ohio University Press, Athens, 1985);  The Nightbird Sings (Graham Brash, Tynron Press, Singapore and Scotland, 1990); and an art book, The Real Pond (Unbound Art, Ithaca, NY (1998).  Her own poems appeared in The Bookpress, Ithaca, NY (1999-2004).  Both translations and poems were earlier in Poetry World, Alcheringa, Hand Book, New Directions, Boss, Ms., Contact II, and Word Singer.

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Other residencies at The Millay Colony

1980 residency