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Biography

Charles Adès Fishman completed a Doctor of Arts degree in contemporary American poetry and poetry writing at SUNY Albany in 1982 and received a Fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1995.

He co-founded the Long Island Poetry Collective in 1973 and created and directed the Visiting Writers Program (1979-97), Programs in the Arts (1987-90), and the Distinguished Speakers Program (2001-07) at Farmingdale State College. He was also series editor of the Water Mark Poets of North America Book Award (1980-83) and founder and coordinator of the Paumanok Poetry Award competition (1990-97). Since 2009, he has served as poetry editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators.

Dr. Fishman’s poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in more than 350 journals and in such major anthologies as The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy (Iowa University Press, 2006); Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust (Northwestern University Press, 1998); and Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War (Avon, 1985).

His books include In the Path of Lightning: Selected Poems (2012), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (2007), and Chopin’s Piano (2006), all from Time Being Books; Country of Memory (Uccelli Press, 2004); and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech University Press, 1989), an ALA/Choice “Outstanding Book of the Year” that was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His three most recent books include two poetry collections, Water under Water (2009) and In the Language of Women (2011), both from Casa de Snapdragon, and the groundbreaking anthology Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women (Kasva Press, 2016).

Among his awards are the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry; Paterson Awards for Literary Excellence in 2007, 2010 and 2012; the New Millennium Prize for Poetry in 2012; the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize of the Southern California Anthology in 1996; and the 1987 Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award of the Poetry Society of America.

Charles Fishman has been widely recognized for his brilliance as a teacher and editor and for his powerful readings. He has appeared with Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forché, David Ignatow, Stanley Kunitz, Alicia Ostriker, Marge Piercy, William Stafford, C. K. Williams, and other writers in the vanguard of American poetry.