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 has acted as director of liberal arts for the Conservatory since 1988. Under his tenure, the liberal arts program at Boston Conservatory has grown from two full-time instructors to its present eight and has evolved from a core program in the humanities to the present all-elective program in humanities, math/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, Evans was one of the founding members of Off the Park Press in New York City. His poetry has been published 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 had work collected in several anthologies, including Cor van den Heuvel's Haiku Anthology, second edition (Norton, 1999). Evans specializes in the haibun form, and his work appears in the first haibun anthology in English, Journey to the Interior, edited by Bruce Ross (1998).

Evans has also collaborated with a wide range of other artists and performers, including composer Mohammed Fairouz, 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 Awards and Recognitions

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

Notable Recent Works

  • Travelers through Seasons, Haibun Anthology (in English and Romanian), edited by Valentin Nicolitov and 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, 2014): "Soundings"—Haibun
  • Biting the Sun: Twenty-Five Years of the Boston Haiku Society, edited by John Ziemba (2014): 15 haiku and "Gamelan"—Haiku and haibun
  • The Laurel Review, Vol. 47, Issue 2 (2014): "Outtakes: Entries from an Imaginary Dictionary"—Six poems
  • CutBank, Vol. 78 (2013): "Microbiome"—Prose poem