Judith Rypma

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Judith Rypma (Judy)
Master Faculty Specialist-Lecturer
(269) 387-2628
(269) 387-2562
925 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5331
Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • MFA, English, Western Michigan University
  • B.A., English, Michigan State University
  • B.A., Russian Studies, Grand Valley State University
Teaching interests: 
  • Folklore and mythology
  • Literature intermediate reader
  • Russian literature and culture
  • Western world literature
Creative interests: 
  • Slavic myths and tales
  • Folklore and mineralogy
  • Poetry for young people

Judith Rypma is a master faculty specialist in the Department of English at Western Michigan University. She teaches courses in mythology, folklore, world literature, and literature for children and adolescents. She has offered recent seminars in witches in literature, folk literature and medievalism in children's literature.

After a career as a travel journalist, Rypma earned an MFA in creative writing at WMU. Her poetry and short stories appear frequently in literary journals. Her latest poetry collection, “Amber Notes”, was recently published by FutureCycle Press. “Rapunzel's Hair”, an earlier chapbook that features contemporary responses to fairytales won the All Nations Press Chapbook Award. A new collection for children, “Rocks In My Head: Poetry for Young People About Rocks, Minerals, and Crystals”, was just released.

Rypma has served on various WMU committees, including faculty senate executive board, international studies council and professional concerns committee. As a board member of the Kalamazoo Russian cultural association, she organizes the academic portion of the Russian Festival held annually on WMU's campus. Rypma is also the faculty director for the Department of English's new study abroad program: Russian literature and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia.