Tuesday November 9, 7pm – Poetry
Moonstone Poetry Series Presents
Jeffrey Ethan Lee & Hal Sirowitz
Jeffrey Ethan Lee is Senior Poetry Editor of Many Mountains Moving mmminc.org/html/staff/staff_jeffrey_ethan_lee.htm since 2007. Lee’s poetry book, identity papers was a 2007 Colorado Book Award finalist. His first full-length poetry book, mmmpress.org/invisiblesisterwebpage/index.htm invisible sister was praised in American Book Review, North American Review, Rain Taxi Review etc. Lee won the 2002 Sow’s Ear Poetry Chapbook prize for The Sylf , created identity papers for Drimala Records, published Strangers in a Homeland . He also published hundreds of poems, stories and essays in Many Mountains Moving, North American Review, African American Review, American Poetry Review, Xconnect, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Crosscurrents, Green Mountain Review, Washington Square, & Other Voices. He also won the first Tupelo Press award for literary fiction in 2001 for a novel, The Autobiography of Somebody Else. He has a Ph.D. in British Romanticism and an MFA from NYU.
Hal Sirowitz is an American poet. Sirowitz first began to attract attention at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe where he was a competitor with the Nuyorican Poetry Slam team, and competed in the 1993 National Poetry Slam. He has written six books on poetry and is arguably best known for the volumes Mother Said, My Therapist Said and Father Said. Sirowitz is a 1994 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He worked as a special education teacher in the New York public school system for 23 years. Sirowitz is the best-selling translated poet in Norway, where Mother Said has been adapted for the stage and turned into a series of animated cartoons. He has been married to the writer Mary Minter Krotzer since 2002.