Dr. Charles Fishman

charles fishman
Areas of Expertise:

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Holocaust Literature

Dr. Charles Fishman is a celebrated and prolific writer of Holocaust literature and contemporary poetry.  Both his books and poetry collections have received honors and awards.  He earned his DA from SUNY Albany in Creative Writing and received the President’s Award for Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation.  He concentrated on Contemporary American Poetry and Poetry Writing with additional focus on Jewish-American Holocaust Poetry.  He earned his BA and MA in English Literature from Hofstra University.

Dr. Charles Fishman created the Visiting Writers Program at Farmingdale State in 1979 and served as director until 1997.  He also co-founded the Long Island Poetry Collective (1973).  He was founder and coordinator of the Paumanok Poetry Award competition (1990-97). He has served as Poetry Editor of numerous publications including, Gaia, Cistercian Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Genocide Studies.  Currently, he is a poetry consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, Poetry Editor of New Works Review, and Director of the Distinguished Speakers Program at Farmingdale State. Fishman’s books include The Firewalkers (Avisson Press, 1996), Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust (Texas Tech University Press, 1991), Country of Memory (Uccelli Press. 2004) and 5,000 Bells (Cross-Cultural Communications, 2004), and The Death Mazurka (Texas Tech, 1989), which was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and listed by ALA Choice as an “Outstanding Book of the Year” (1989).  His sixth booklength collection, Chopin’s Piano, was published by Time Being Books in January 2006.  He is currently editing the revised second edition of Blood to Remember, which will be released by Time Being Books in 2007. 

Dr. Fishman is the 2006 recipient of the “Long Island School of Poetry Award” from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.



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