Judson Evans

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Director of Liberal Arts

Judson approaches teaching through his own experience as an artist and poet. He attempts to help performing arts students and composers understand how knowledge of other arts, human experiences, and cultural worlds can inspire and challenge their work as artists.

Judson Evans joined Boston Conservatory and has acted as its director of liberal arts from 1988 to the present. Under his tenure, liberal arts at the conservatory has grown from two full-time instructors to its present eight and evolved from a core program in the humanities to the present all-elective program in humanities, ath/science, and social science.

In addition to serving as director of liberal arts, Evans has been a full-time instructor and taught a range of courses, including poetry workshops, and most recently a humanities elective on theories about cave painting and the origins of art, religion, and philosophy.

Evans received a B.A. in English literature from Wilkes University in 1978 and an M.A. in English literature from Tufts University in 1980.

As a contemporary lyric poet, Judson was one of the founding members of Off the Park Press in New York City. Evans has published his poetry in a wide range of journals, including Volt, Laurel Review, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Tuesday: An Art Project, Cutbank, and Epoch. He has published haiku widely in the major U.S. journals of the form and has work in several anthologies, including Cor van den Heuvel's Haiku Anthology, 2nd Edition (Norton, 1999). Evans specializes in the haibun form and has work in the first haibun anthology in English, Journeys to the Interior, edited by Bruce Ross (1998).

Evans has also collaborated with a wide range of other artists and performers, including composer Mohammed Farouz, Rudolf Rohan, and, most recently, violinist  Sharan Leventhal and composer Marti Epstein. Evans has also written collaboratively with other poets, including the book-length sequence Chalk-Song: Poems Inspired by Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2016).  He is currently working with videographer Ray Klimek on an essay film about the origins of landscape.

Professional Recognitions and Awards:

  • Emerging Poet, chosen by John Yau (American Poet, 2007)
  • The Philip Booth Poetry Prize for poem Telemere (The Salt Hill Review, Issue 30, 2013)
  • Winner, The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award for the haibun Window Washer (The Comstock Review, 2004)
  • Judge, appointed by William J. Higginson (Bernard Lionel Renku Contest, 2006)
  • Grant winner, with Ray Klimek (University of Ohio at Athens, 2013)

Recent Notable Works:

  • Travelers through Seasons, Haibun Anthology (in English & Romanian), edited by Valentin Nicolitov & Bruce Ross (Bucharest: Scriitorilor Romani, 2016); (Three haibun)
  • Big Data: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku, Edited by Jim Kacian, Red Moon Press, Winchester, VA, 2014; "Soundings"(haibun)
  • Biting the Sun: Twenty-Five Years of The Boston Haiku Society, Edited by John Ziemba, 2014; 15 haiku & "Gamelan" (haibun)
  • The Laurel Review, Vol.47, Issue 2, 2014, "Outtakes: Entries from an Imaginary Dictionary;" 6 Poems
  • Cutbank, Vol. 78, 2013; "Microbiome" (prose poem)