Judith Viorst author of the best-selling Necessary Losses, was born and raised in New Jersey and received a B.A. in history, Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University. She is a contributing editor to Redbook, where her columns often appear. Viorst‘s poems have appeared frequently in New York, Holiday and Redbook over the years.
Judith Viorst is the author of four collections of poems: The Village Square, It’s Hard to be Hip over Thirty, People and Other Aggravations, and How Did I Get to be 40…and other Atrocities. Her books include Yes, Married and Love & Guilt, and The Meaning of Life, Etc. She is also the author of 15 children’s books. Many of her books, for adults as well as children, have been published abroad. Several of her children’s books have been made into short films.
Judith Viorst lectures widely on a variety of topics, ranging from loss and growth to children’s literature and the subject of control. Her poetry has been read in performance by Anne Bancroft, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontaine, Ann Jackson and Eli Wallach. Her musical, Love & Shrimp, starring Eileen Barnett, Bonnie Franklin and Mariette Hartley has been performed in Los Angeles, New York and other cities. A musical version of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, with the play and lyrics written by Viorst, was commissioned by and performed at the Kennedy Center in 1998 and toured the country in 1999 and 2000.
Judith Viorst resides in Washington, DC, with her husband, Milton, who is the author of several critically acclaimed political books. They have three sons, Anthony, Nicholas and Alexander, and one perfect granddaughter, Miranda.