Judith Baumel photoGenPop Books author Judith Baumel (The Kangaroo Girl, 2011) has been elected President of the National Board of Trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

In a release by Adelphi University, where she is a professor of English and was the founding director of the Adelphi creative writing program, Baumel says she is “honored to represent the diverse literary family that is AWP because my own literary career was nurtured by the organization.”baumel kangaroo girl cover

I look forward to our annual conference, where I reconnect with friends, encounter and present new creative work. And I look forward to leading AWP’s many other literary advocacy projects including our prestigious books prizes, our vibrant print and online publications, our support of teachers of creative writing at all levels and in all places.

I’m honored to be working for AWP with such talented people—the organization’s staff, as well as my fellow trustees. This year’s conference is in Boston, where I lived in the seventies and eighties. That our two keynote speakers—Nobel Prize winners Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott—were in my circle then speaks to their particular generosity and to the way the American literary community makes possible diverse artistic lives. To paraphrase my teacher and friend Robert Fitzgerald, the work of AWP is a process of “enlarging the change.”

This is good news for all involved. Kudos, Judy!