Sara Judy

Judy Oct 2019 Pix


Areas of Interest
20th- and 21st-century Poetry & Poetics, Religion & Literature, Lyric Theory, Post-Secular Theory, Contemporary Literature.

Bennington College, BA
University of Vermont, MA
University of Notre Dame, MFA

Sara Judy is a PhD candidate in the University of Notre Dame's English Department, and a PhD fellow in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. She studies twentieth- and twenty-first century American poetry and poetics, and religion and literature. Her dissertation examines the ways in which twentieth-century poets self-critically adopted prophetic rhetoric--to varying degrees of success--as a way of attempting to intervene in social and political issues of their time. In addition to participating in the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Penitentiary, Sara has served as managing editor for the journal Religion & Literature.

Sara is also a recent graduate of Notre Dame's Creative Writing MFA. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in EcoTheoPsaltery & LyreThe Midwest Review, and elsewhere. She also serves as an editorial assistant for the Notre Dame Review, and as a managing editor for Re:Visions, an undergraduate literary journal.


"The Trouble with Talking to God: Devotional Address and Divine Silence in Jorie Graham's Prayer Poetry," LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Winter 2021 (forthcoming)

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"Help Thou My (Un)Belief: Reading Belief in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century American Literature," Organizer and Chair, North East Modern Language Association, March 2020.   

“‘Robinson Jeffers: The Invention of a Prophet,” American Literature Association American Poetry Symposium, February 2020.

“The Episodic Paterson: Reading the City in William Carlos Williams’s Long Poem,” Modernist Studies Association, November 2018.

“Divine Silence, Human Failure: Devotional Address in Louise Glück and Jorie Graham,” The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, February 2018.