Rod Jellema (1927-2018) was a poet and professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he was the founding director of the university's creative writing program. His books of poetry include A Slender Grace, Something Tugging the Line, The Lost Faces, The Eighth Day, and Incarnality: The Collected Poems. Jellema was the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work was awarded the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the Pieter Jelles Prize, and a Columbia University Translation Prize for his translations of Frisian poetry.

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