Throughout her illustrious career, poet and fiction writer Judith Viorst’s works have been revered by adults and children alike. She has authored eight collections of poetry, including How Did I Get to be 40...and Other Atrocities, Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations and five books of prose. Her poetry has been read in performance by Anne Jackson, Alfred Lunt, Lynne Fontaine, Anne Bancroft and Eli Wallach. Her non-fiction classic Necessary Losses, appeared on The New York Times best-seller list for nearly two years.
In her popular book, Imperfect Control: Our Lifelong Struggles with Power and Surrender (1999), Viorst us how our sense of self and all our important relationships are colored by our struggles over control: over wanting it and taking it, loving it and fearing it, and figuring out when the time has come to surrender it.
Her latest book, Grown-Up Marriage (2003), blends interviews with married women and men, the findings of couples therapists, the truths found in literature and movies and bemused exploration of her own marriage.Viorst has also authored 16 children’s books, including the award-winning children’s classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Several of her children’s books have been made into short films.A multi-faceted writer, Viorst has contributed artistic works across the literary spectrum, including the musical Love and Shrimp, which was performed in New York and Los Angeles and her debut comic novel Murdering Mr. Monti. She serves as contributing editor of Redbook, where her column has appeared for more than 25 years.Viorst received a B.A. in history, Phi Beta Kappa, from RutgersUniversity. A graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she is the recipient of numerous awards for her journalism and psychological writings. Viorst resides in Washington, D.C.