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HOMMAGE by HAL SIROWITZ

Note by Hal Sirowitz to Aleksey Dayen, 2006

ABOUT THE SENDER: HAL SIROWITZ is the author of six books of poetry, although probably best known for the volumes Mother Said (Crown), My Therapist Said (Crown), & Father Said (Crown). He has had work in numerous anothologies and periodicals, such as Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe (Henry Holt), Verses That Hurt (St. Martin's Press), Chelsea and Hanging Loose. He's a 1994 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, & reads regularly in New York, as well as internationally. He has performed on MTv, at Lalapalooza, & can be heard on several recordings, including the United States of Poetry CD and VHS, recorded live and issued in 1995. He is currently the best selling translated poet in Norway, where his work has also inspired a much loved animated series. - Hal is a cult figure of sorts in literary circles throughout the world, as a poet, a performance artist, a comedian, a teacher, and an all-around good guy. - Born in New York City in 1949, he received a B.A. in English Literature from New York University, a M.A. in Special Education from Hofstra, and has taught Special Education in the New York Public School System for almost 20 years. He was the last Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens, NY. - His father was a salesman in New York's garment district, and his mother, Estelle - well, she worried. He has two sisters and a very nice niece. - He is married to writer Mary Minter Krotzer.  > http://www.halsirowitz.com/

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