January 6, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-Judith Frank, author and professor of English at Amherst College, is the author of Crybaby Butch ($14.95, 416 pp., Firebrand Books, Ann Arbor, 2002), a new novel that examines, with warmth and wit, the surprising turns that issues of education, gender, class and racial identity can cause in people's lives.

Frank's first novel, Crybaby Butch explores the connection between two butches of different generations. One is a middle-class, thirty-something adult literacy teacher-as Frank has been. The other is her older, working-class student.

"Fearless and unflinching, Crybaby Butch rigorously explores butch/femme dynamics over two generations," says Claire Messud. "Judy Frank's debut novel is searing and memorable." "With Crybaby Butch, Judith Frank creates a deeply human, bravely unsentimental story while at the same time investigating the meaning of butch identity as it reinvents itself from one generation to the next," says Carol Anshaw.

Frank has published stories in other voices and The Massachusetts Review, which published a chapter of Crybaby Butch for which Frank was awarded the fiction prize of the Astraea Foundation's Emerging Lesbian Writer's Fund in 2000.

Frank received a Ph.D. in English literature and an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Cornell University. Her published work includes the book Common Ground: Eighteenth Century English Satiric Fiction and the Poor. She is currently working on a second novel, titled Noah's Ark, about an American couple's death in a Jerusalem suicide bombing that compels the husband's gay brother, Daniel, to adopt the orphaned children and take them back to the U.S.