Julie Staub was born in Minneapolis MN. She grew up with her five sisters, her parents and a dog beside one of Minnesota’s small lakes. Her favorite words to hear growing up were, “Now you girls go outside and play.”
Julie graduated from Earlham College, a Quaker college in Richmond, Indiana, in 1979 with a degree in Religious Studies. At Earlham, she had the good fortune of rooming with a Jane Cadwallader from Iowa, who introduced Julie to her big brother, Warren. They were married in a Quaker ceremony in 1979, had three children, and moved to Vermont in 1992, where they joined the Burlington Friends Meeting (Quaker) and then College Street Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in 1995. They were married for 23 years, until Warren’s death from multiple myeloma at the age of 49.
Julie earned a Masters of Social Work degree at Rutgers University in 1984, and made her career in nonprofit organizations and public sector positions, seeking to improve the wellbeing of women and children, and others disadvantaged by our society. Her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, published in journals, and included in anthologies. She was awarded a Vermont Council on the Arts grant for poetry in 2001 and the Ruth Stone Prize for poetry in 2015 by the Hunger Mountain Review.