Children's Literature; Creative Writing
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2628
Master Faculty Speacialist
M.F.A., Western Michigan University
Prof. Judith Rypma, master faculty specialist, teaches courses in mythology, folklore, world literature, and literature for children and adolescents. She has offered recent seminars (ENG5820: Studies in Children's Literature) in Witches in Literature; Folk Literature, and Medievalism in Children's Literature. Her research areas include the folklore of mineralogy; Slavic myths and tales; Russian literature and culture, and poetry for young people.
After a career as a travel journalist, Rypma earned an M.F.A. in creative writing at WMU. Her poetry and short stories appear frequently in literary journals. The latest of her three short collections of poems, Rapunzel's Hair, centers around contemporary responses to traditional fairy tales and won the All Nations Press Chapbook Contest. She is currently working on a collection of poems for middle school readers.
Rypma sits on WMU's Faculty Senate Executive Board, and has served on various University committees, including the International Studies Council and Professional Concerns Committee. As a board member of the Kalamazoo-Pushkin Partnership, she also directs the academic portion of the Russian Festival, held annually on WMU's campus.