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 Ph.D. candidate in the University of Notre Dame's English Department, and a Ph.D. fellow in the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. She studies twentieth- and twenty-first-century American poetry and poetics, with a focus on 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. Sara is an active volunteer with the Moreau College Initiative at Westville Penitentiary, and she has also served as managing editor for the journal Religion & Literature. Sara is a 2021 recipient of the Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, and her course was featured by the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

A graduate of Notre Dame's Creative Writing MFA, Sara's poems and reviews have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Ghost Proposal, EcoTheo ReviewPsaltery & Lyre, and elsewhere.



"The Trouble with Talking to God: Devotional Address and Divine Silence in Jorie Graham's Prayer Poetry," LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, vol. 32, no. 1, 2021, pp. 59-77.

Select Conference Activity

"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.