What’s your connection to Queens?
I worked as a librarian at the Queens Central Library in Jamaica from 1968 to 1973. I returned to Queens in 1990 and have been living with my wife in Jackson Heights since then. My activities in Queens include serving as literary consultant to the Sundays at Central Reading Series, participating in readings at First Tuesdays and other reading series, and editorial board work for Newtown Literary.
What can students in your class expect?
I will discuss expressing emotional truth in poetry through strong gut-level feelings with examples and exercises to practice writing poems of this kind.
What is your latest publication? What current projects are you working on?
My latest publication is a book of poems, Pickled Dreams Naked (NYQ Books, 2010). I continue to work on poems for a new book.