Henry Rasof has been writing poetry since 1964 and publishing and giving readings since 1968. He has degrees in music, creative writing, and Jewish studies. He worked in book publishing for thirty years; has edited literary magazines and a chapbook series; and has taught writing courses and workshops. Although he has written plenty of “regular” poems, experimentation has always been his main interest.
His print publications include magazines such as Partisan Review, Wisconsin Review, Kansas Quarterly, Bits, Black Box, Midstream, Jewish Currents, and Poetica; anthologies such as Assembling and Text-Sound Texts; and electronic publications such as Numinous, In Stereo, and the Boulder Jewish News. He also has published four books of poems and prose poems: The House (2009); Chance Music: Prose Poems 1974 to 1982 (2012); Here I Seek You: Jewish Poems for Shabbat, Holy Days, and Everydays (2016); and Souls in the Garden: Poems About Jewish Spain (2019). His web site medievalhebrewpoetry.org includes well-known poets’ English translations of medieval Hebrew poems; articles and original essays; a bibliography; photographs; and other information.
He also was a professional oboist in the late 1960s and early 1970s, performing classical music with various groups and in different venues, from churches to small concert halls. From 1966 to 1969 he also played electric oboe with The Orkustra, an experimental ensemble comprising, in addition to oboe, amplified acoustic bass, amplified violin, electric guitar, and drums, and performing in San Francisco and Berkeley. Some sample songs, a poster, and an illustration of the group can be found at The Orkustra.
Henry Rasof lives in Colorado and enjoys travel, especially to exotic places. He has been to India three times and Japan twice, in addition to Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Israel.