Judith Kitchen (d. 2014) grew up in Painted Post, NY. She taught at SUNY College at Brockport, and served as editor and publisher of the State Street Press Chapbook Series. Her awards include two Pushcart Prizes for an essay, the Lillian Fairchild Award for her novel The House on Eccles Road, the Anhinga Prize for poetry, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 2003, she and her husband Stan Sanvel Rubin, moved to Port Townsend, WA, where they founded and acted as co-directors of the Rainier Writing Workshop.
In 2001, Kitchen responded to Charles Ephraim Burchfield's Springtime in the Pool, in a poem that was published in MAG's Voices in the Gallery: Writers on Art.