Biographical / Historical
Born in York, Pennsylvania, poet and translator Jody Gladding earned a BA at Franklin & Marshall College and an MFA at Cornell University. Gladding creates open, collaborative poems often engaged with translating, to a precise syntactical degree, the interactions between life and art, lingering in fields of close contact: areas marked by interruption, damage, or receptivity. Her object poems explore how poetry exists in 3-dimensional space, moving across and then off the page, coming into being as/on objects.
Her debut collection Stone Crop (1993) was chosen for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Other works include the poetry collections Rooms and Their Airs (2009) and Translations from Bark Beetle (2014). Her poetry has been featured in The Best American Poetry 1995 (edited by Richard Howard) and The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (2012, edited by Joshua Corey and G.C. Waldrep).
In addition to writing poetry, Gladding has taught at Cornell College and in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Art, and has translated about 30 works from French, including The Serpent of Stars (2004) by Jean Giono, Small Lives (2008) by Pierre Michon and Elizabeth Deshays, and Hervé This’s Kitchen Mysteries: Revealing the Science of Cooking (2007). Her recent translations include Rimbaud the Son by Pierre Michon (Yale University Press, 2013) and Green: The History of a Color by Michel Pastoureau (Princeton University Press, 2014).