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September 21, 2006

Dr. Charles Fishman 2006 Long Island Poet of the Year


Dr. Charles Fishman
Dr. Charles Fishman

Mr. George P. LaRosa , Officer-in-Charge of Farmingdale State, is pleased to announce that Dr. Charles Fishman was recognized by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association on Friday, September 15 as the Long Island Poet of the Year for 2006.

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. His books include Chopin's Piano , Country of Memory , The Firewalkers , The Death Mazurka , and Mortal Companions . Dr. Fishman edited the internationally acclaimed anthology, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust .

In addition, Dr. 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 . He is currently editing the revised second edition of Blood to Remember , which will be released by Time Being Books in 2007.

A resident of East Patchoque , Dr. Fishman achieved the rank of Distinguished Service Professor. 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 .