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Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor of English & Humanities – SUNY

Creator & Director, Distinguished Speakers Program, SUNY Farmingdale (2001-2007)

Creator & Director, Program in the Arts, SUNY Farmingdale (1987-1990)

Creator & Director, Visiting Writers Program, SUNY Farmingdale (1979-1997)

SUNY Albany: D.A. Creative Writing (1982)
Honors: President’s Award for Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation
Contemporary American Poetry and Poetry Writing, Holocaust Poetry

SUNY Stony Brook: M.A.-level course work, English Literature & Hebrew (1975-79)

Hofstra University: B.A. and M.A. English Literature
M.A. Thesis: An Inquiry into Yeats’s Method of Ordering His Poetry

Academic Honors:
Member of the State University of New York's Distinguished Academy (2012-present)

Applaud an Educator Award, The Harvard Graduate School of Education (2005)

Fellowship, U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, July 2001

George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award – Hofstra University (2000)

Appointed Distinguished Service Professor, State University of New York (1989)

NEH reviewer for Encyclopedia of the Holocaust (1985)

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1985)

Farmingdale Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching (1985)

NEH Post-doctoral fellowship: Yale University (1982)

NEH Fellowships: University of California, San Diego (1978), Boston University (1974)

Literary Honors:
2014 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award for Poetry (UK)

2012 New Millennium Prize for Poetry

2011 Pushcart Prize nomination, In the Language of Women

2012, 2010 & 2007 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence

2006 Walt Whitman Birthplace "Long Island School of Poetry Award"

2004 Paterson Poetry Prize runner-up for Country of Memory

1996 Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, Southen California Anthology

1995 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry

1990 nomination for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry, The Death Mazurka

1989 ALA/Choice Outstanding Book of the Year, The Death Mazurka

1987 Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America

Poetry Collections:
In the Wake of the Glacier: New Selected Poems (Kasva Press LLC, 2018)

In the Path of Lightning: Selected Poems (Time Being Books, 2012)

In the Language of Women (Casa de Snapdragon LLC, 2011)

Water under Water (Casa De Snapdragon, 2009)

Chopin’s Piano (Time Being Books, 2006)

Country of Memory (Uccelli Press, 2004)

5,000 Bells (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2004)

Time Travel Reports (Timberline Press, 2002)

Zoom (Singular Speech Press, 1990)

The Death Mazurka (Timberline Press, 1987; Texas Tech reprint, 1989)

Mortal Companions (Pleasure Dome Press, 1977)

Other Books:
Veils. Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, ed. with Smita Sahay (Kavsa Press, 2016

Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, ed. (Time Being Books, 2007 [Rev. Second Edition]; Texas Tech, 1991)

Catlives {translated from Sarah Kirsch's Katzenleben by Marina Roscher with Charles Fishman} (Texas Tech, 1991)

An Index to Women's Magazines & Presses (Seagull Publications, 1977)

Appearances in Books:
Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Poets & Writers, ed. & introduced by Bertha Rogers (Bright Hill Press, 2017)

The Second Genesis: Contemporary World Poetry, ed. Anuraraag Sharma (A.R.A.W.L.II, 2014)

Bridging the Waters: An International Bilingual Poetry Anthology, ed. by Yoon-Ho Cho & Stanley H. Barkan (Korean Expatriate Literature & Cross-Cultural Communications, 2013)

Toward Forgiveness, ed. Gayl Teller (Writer's Ink, 2011)

Biswa Kobiter Koyek Chhatra [A Synopsis of World Poetry] (Shahitto Bikash, 2008)

Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, (Second, Revised Edition Time Being Books, 2007)

The Sorrow Psalms: A Book of Twentieth Century Elegy (Iowa, 2006)

The Jewish Women of Ravensbrück Concentration Camp (Wisconsin, 2004)

Bittersweet Legacy: Creative Responses to the Holocaust (U. Presses of America, 2001)

Poetry Comes Up Where It Can (Utah, 2000)

Beyond Lament: Poets of the World Bearing Witness to the Holocaust (Northwestern, 1998)

Images from the Holocaust (NTC Publishing Group, 1996)

Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry (Monitor Publishing Co., 1996; also 1981, 1984, 1985, 1987)

Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (Texas Tech, 1991)

80 on the 80s: A Decade's History in Verse (Ashland Poetry Press, 1990)

Ghosts of the Holocaust (Wayne State, 1989)

Carrying the Darkness: The Poetry of the Vietnam War (Avon, 1985)

Appearances in Journals & Reviews:
Poems, translations, articles, and reviews in more than 350 periodicals, including Abiko Quarterly (Japan), American Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, College English, Colorado Quarterly, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, The Contemporary Poetry (Korea), Cyphers (Ireland), The Dalhousie Review (Canada), European Judaism, Georgia Review, Grain (Canada), Hawai'i Review, The Hollins Critic, The Holocaust in History and Memory (UK), International Quarterly, The Jerusalem Review (Israel), Kansas Quarterly, Korean Expatriate Literature, Malahat Review (Canada), Mediterranean Review, Midstream, Mississippi Review, New England Review, New Letters, New Mexico Humanities Review, The New York Times, Nimrod, Pacific International, Parchment (Canada), Paterson Literary Review, Poetry International, Poetry Now, Prism: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators, Salmagundi, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), The Scream Online, Small Press Review, South and West, Southern Poetry Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, and Wascana Review (Canada).

Arizona State Poetry Association Creative Writing Award (2013)

Capricorn Book Award, Writer’s Voice (1998)

Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience (1998)

Creator & Coordinator, Paumanok Poetry Award International Competition (1990-1997)

Eckerd College, Student & Alumni Poetry Awards (1991)

Poetry Editor, PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators (2008- )

Guest-Editor, 70th Anniversary of Kristallnacht issue, Shirim, Fall 2008

Guest-Editor, The Pedestal Magazine, October 2005

Associate Editor, The Drunken Boat (1999-2005)

Poetry Editor, New Works Review (2003-2008)

Poetry Editor, Cistercian Studies Quarterly {following Denise Levertov} (1998- 2000)

Poetry Editor, The Journal of Genocide Research (1997-1999), Gaia (1993-99)

Poetry Consultant, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC (1991- )

Series Editor, Water Mark Poets of North America (1980-83)

Founding Editor, Xanadu (1975-78)

More than 400 venues including the following colleges and universities: Bar-Ilan, Ben-Gurion, Brigham Young, Claremont McKenna, Columbia, Hebrew, Tel Aviv, Georgia, Haifa, Judaism (Los Angeles), Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri (Kansas City), Montana (Billings), Tennessee (Knoxville), Washington, Vanderbilt, Wayne State, and Wesleyan.

Other venues include: The Bronfman Center of the 92nd Street Y, PEN American Center, Poetry Society of America, Poets House, Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, Simon Wiesenthal Center, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Walt Whitman Birthplace (West Hills, NY).

Papers & Talks:
“Walt Whitman at the Center of Space and Time,” reading & lecture for visiting Chinese students from Sichuan Province, Farmingdale State College, September 2008

“Poetry’s Essential Role in Teaching about Genocide,” Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN, November 2006

“Raising the Bar in Editing,” Associated Writing Programs, New Orleans, March 2002

“Problems in Representing the Holocaust in Poetry,” University of Alabama- Huntsville, 1998

“Some Cautions on the Use of Dramatic Monologue in Poetry on the Holocaust," Associated Writing Programs, 1996

“Poetry as Testimony: Some Key Texts," Tampa Bay Holocaust Museum, 1996

“Poems of Liberation and Reconciliation," Brigham Young University, 1995

“The Riddle of Responsibility: Poems on the Murder of Europe’s Jews,” Rider College, 1994

“American Poetry and the Holocaust," The Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, 1993

Review of Passionate Renewal: Jewish Poetry in Britain Since 1945, in American Book Review, Vol. 23, Issue 2, January/February 2002.

Review of The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Writing, ed. Hilda Raz, H-Judaic, September 1999

"Death's Shining Body: A Reconsideration of Kinnell's Book of Nightmares," Asheville Poetry Review, Fall 1994

"Through the Sharpness of Distance: American Poets on the Holocaust," Poetry Pilot (Academy of American Poets), May 1990

"I Didn't Say Goodbye: Child Survivors of the Holocaust," American Book Review (March/April 1986)

"A. R. Ammons: The One Place to Dwell," The Hollins Critic, 1982

"William Pillin: A Certain Music," critical introduction to Pillin's collected poems, To the End of Time (Papa Bach Editions, 1980)

Festivals, Conferences & Residencies:
Bengali Poetry Festival, Poets House, New York, August 23, 2013 & April 11, 2015

AWP Annual Conference, NY Hilton, 2008

Association of Holocaust Organizations, Vanderbilt University, June 1994

Poetry Alive! Asheville, North Carolina, June 1994

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia: June 1997; September 2003, December 2004; November 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012; October 2014, May 2015, October-November 2016.

Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence, Orlando, Florida, January-February, 2002

The Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, New York, December 1999

Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, August 1993, October 1997

Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem, January 1992

"What is Poetry?" Herkimer Country Community College, Fall 1974. I was one of four speakers and readers; the others were Stanley Kunitz, Robert Creeley and William Stafford

Special Initiatives:
Created the Paumanok Award for Poetry, September 1990

Coordinated a four-day public forum on the Vietnam War, April 1990

Edited An Index to Women’s Magazines & Presses (Seagull Publications, 1977)

Co-founded the Long Island Poetry Collective, 1973 (with George William Fisher) & co-founded Xanadu magazine and Pleasure Dome Press (1975)

Perspectives on My Work:
Austin, William James. “Charles Fishman,” in Contemporary Jewish-American Dramatists and Poets: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook (Greenwood, 1999)

Writing the Holocaust:
http://writingtheholocaust.blogspot.com/ (with John Z. Guzlowski), 2009-Present

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