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Guttman joined the Hamilton College faculty in 1996. She earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Southern California, a masters in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University, and a bachelor of fine arts in music and creative writing from Concordia University in Montreal.
She had a poem, "Sleeping Figures," nominated in the semifinals of the Emily Dickinson Poetry Awards and published in the 1998 Emily Dickinson Poetry Award Anthology. Two of her poems were also published in Riprap: Fiction and Poetry from the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her book of poetry, Reasons for Winter, was published in 1991, and other poems have appeared in Sounds New,The Malahat Review, The Moosehead Anthology and Poetry Montreal. She also won the A.M. Klein Award granted by the Quebec Society for the Promotion of English Language Literature in 1992.
Guttman received a two-year doctoral fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for 1994-1996, a Canada Council Explorations Grant (1990) and an Artist's Support grant from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Quebec. She is currently working on a book of short stories and a volume of poetry.