Marya Zaturenska

Marya Zaturenska (September 12, 1902 – January 19, 1982) was an American lyric poet, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1938.[1]

Marya Zaturenska
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BornSeptember 12, 1902
Kyiv, Ukraine
DiedJanuary 19, 1982(1982-01-19) (aged 79)
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Alma materValparaiso University
University of Wisconsin–Madison
GenreLyric poetry
Notable worksCold Morning Sky
Notable awardsPulitzer Prize for Poetry (1938)
SpouseHorace Gregory (m. 1925)


She was born in Kyiv and her family emigrated to the United States, when she was eight and lived in New York. Like many immigrants, she worked in a clothing factory during the day, but was able to attend night high school. She was an outstanding student and won a scholarship to Valparaiso University;[2][3] she later transferred to the University of Wisconsin–Madison, receiving a degree in library science.[4] She met her husband, the prize-winning poet Horace Gregory there; they married in 1925.[1] Her two children were Patrick and Joanna Gregory. She wrote eight volumes of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cold Morning Sky, and she edited six anthologies of poetry.

Her work appeared in The New York Times,[5] Poetry Magazine,[6]


  • 1938 Pulitzer Prize



  • Threshold and Heart. The Macmillan company. 1934.
  • Cold Morning Sky. Macmillan. 1937.
  • The Golden Mirror. New York: The Macmillan company. 1944.
  • Selected poems. Grove Press. 1954.
  • Collected Poems. Viking Press. 1965.
  • The Hidden Waterfall: poems. Vanguard Press. 1974.
  • Robert S. Phillips, ed. (2002). New selected poems of Marya Zaturenska. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0717-5.


  • Christina Georgina Rossetti (1970). Marya Zaturenska (ed.). Selected poems of Christina Rossetti. Macmillan.


  • Mary Beth Hinton, ed. (2002). The diaries of Marya Zaturenska, 1938-1944. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 978-0-8156-0714-4.
  • Marya Zaturenska, Horace Gregory (1946). A History of American poetry, 1900-1940. Harcourt, Brace and Co.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Marya Zaturenska, (1949). Christina Rossetti, A Portrait With Background, The MacMillan Company.


  1. ^ a b "MARYA ZATURENSKA, LYRIC POET RECEIVED PULITZER PRIZE IN '38". The New York Times. January 21, 1982.
  2. ^ "⁨‭A JEWISH GIRL SHOCKS KU KLUXIA ‬ ⁩ | ⁨פארװערטס⁩ | 14 פברואר 1926 | אוסף העיתונות | הספרייה הלאומית".
  3. ^ "⁨‭How She Shocked Ku Kluxia ‬ ⁩ | ⁨פארװערטס⁩ | 14 פברואר 1926 | אוסף העיתונות | הספרייה הלאומית".
  4. ^ Sanford V. Sternlicht (2004). "Marya Zaturenska". The tenement saga: the Lower East Side and early Jewish American writers. Terrace Books. ISBN 978-0-299-20484-6.
  5. ^ Zaturenska, Marya. "The New York Times - Search". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  6. ^ "Search Marya Zaturenska". Poetry Foundation. 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2022-10-06.