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Charles Adès Fishman

Poet, Editor, Scholar and Teacher

Among many other awards and honors, Charles has won the 2012 New Millenium Award for Poetry and the 2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry. He is internationally recognized for his excellence as a poet, speaker, editor, and teacher and is currently seeking a new position as director of a distinguished speakers program, visiting professor of poetry and poetry writing, and/or faculty member of a low-residency MFA program.

Those interested in hiring Charles for one or more of these positions, or who would like to discuss similar opportunities for him to present poetry and to guide and empower other poets, should send a detailed message to carolus@optimum.net.

Media Kit for newest anthology, Veils, Halos & Shackles

"This anthology needs to be in the curriculum of colleges and universities, law enforcement academies, and women's shelters around the world. Wherever injustice, crimes of barbaric violence, or bestial cruelty occur, this anthology should be mandatory reading. I couldn't simply read it for review. The memories and experiences inside were shared so beautifully, ferociously, intensely that I had to savor every word."

--Laurel Johnson, Midwest Book Review Bookwatch 

"The words on the page lodge inside your mind, raising relentless questions of why and how such violence can even occur. But this is an anthology that should be read and reread to spread the word that such violence does not and should not have a place in this world."

—Fehmida Zakeer, Bitch Media 


"Charles Fishman is an extraordinary convener of ideas. As a poet he inspires us with his inspirations and creative, courageous, interpretations of life events. As the founder and leader of a visionary distinguished speaker series he imaginatively brings together celebrated and uncommon thought-leaders, authors, keynotes, discussions, and roundtables offering fresh and memorable insights. In a world where disposable content is abundant, Charles has a talent for connecting with quality people, including powerful speakers, eager supporters, and enthusiastic audiences, while exposing us all to those compelling and magical moments where we are struck by the power of an idea that will ultimately serve us for a lifetime. In his own writings he’s able to cultivate and unleash substantive and captivating reflections. Charles Fishman not only understands the ingredients of great minds but is an example of what a life devoted to depth can bring."

— André Taylor (re: my work with the Distinguished Speakers Program at Farmingdale), 1/26/13