PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
*Acquired over 400 books, including revised editions, for scholarly, reference, professional, trade, and children’s publishers.
*Negotiated contracts with authors, agents, consultants, freelance writers and editors, artists, and photo researchers.
*Utilized competition research, surveys, focus groups, sales analyses, interviews, and meetings to identify topics and authors; determine bindings, pricing, specs, and print runs; and create marketing plans.
*Helped develop company pub plans for books and electronic products.
*Hired, supervised, or directed freelance or staff writers, editors, picture researchers, consultants, book packagers, and interns.
*Book Publishing Consultant, Louisville, CO 2000-2012. Clients included A.R.E. Publishing, Congressional Quarterly, e-Global Library, Facts on File, Libraries Unlimited, and M.E. Sharpe.
*The Oryx Press, Phoenix, AZ, Vice President, New Product Development 1999-2000; Senior Editor 1997-1999.
*ABC-CLIO, Denver, CO, Senior Acquisitions Editor 1994-1996; Acquisitions Editor (part-time) 1992-1993.
M.A. in Jewish studies, Gratz College, Elkins Park, PA.
M.F.A. in creative writing, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.
B.A. in music, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS
*Session on Jewish ethical wills, Boulder Jewish Community Center.
*“Reference Publishing on the Web: Issues and Concerns,” RUSA Bibliography and Reference Advisory Committee, American Library Association convention, Washington, DC.
*Featured speaker, Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators conference, Lander, WY.
*Society of Children’s Book Writers critique group, Loveland, CO.
*“Nonfiction Children’s Books,” Society of Children’s Book Writers workshop, Denver, CO.
*Society of Children’s Book Writers critique group, Westwood, MA.
*Featured speaker, Cape Cod Writer’s Conference, Orleans, MA.
*“Writing and Publishing Science Books for Children,” National Science Teachers Association regional convention, Hartford, CT.
Nonfiction: “How to Write and Publish a Science Book” (Science Activities, 1988); Picture Life of Charles and Diana (Franklin Watts, 1988); The Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Musician’s Catalogue (St. Martin’s Press, 1982); Teacher’s guide for Scott Joplin filmstrip (Spoken Arts, 1978). Novel: The Dubrovnik Massacre (coauthor; Charter, 1981). Poems, stories, and articles in anthologies, in literary magazines, and on web sites, including: Bachy, Beatitudes, Black Box, Chance Music, HaLapid, Kansas Quarterly, Oggi Poesia Domani, Partisan Review, Salome, Technology of the Heart, Text-Sound Texts, Variety Theater: An Anthology of Recorded Sound Poetry, Wisconsin Review, Poetica, In Stereo, Numinous, Midstream, Jewish Currents, Technology of the Heart, and the Boulder Jewish News. Poetry books: The House (2008), Chance Music: Prose Poems 1974-1982 (2012), Here I Seek You: Jewish Poems for Shabbat, Holy Days, and Everydays (2016), and Souls in the Garden: Poems About Jewish Spain (2020). In addition, there are .pdf files on this web site of his three edited books of poetry and other writings: Bees in the Garden: Poems by the Masala Mystic (2019), The Persian Letters: A Medieval Persian General’s Wartime Letters to His Wife (2019), Rivers in Paradise: Jewish Poetry and Prose (2019), and The Wit, Whimsy, Wisdom, and Wordplay of Bernard Rasof (2019).
Souls in the Garden: Poems About Jewish Spain, in HaLapid: Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, Autumn/Winter 2019.
www.medievalhebrewpoetry.org, a nonprofit educational web site containing poems, articles, and other information about medieval Hebrew poetry.
Although not my site, www.BoulderJewishNews.org has been generous enough to publish all of the poems in my book
Here I Seek You: Jewish Poems for Shabbat, Holy Days, and Everydays.
*Adjunct instructor, University of Denver University College (creative nonfiction and other subjects); Colorado Community Colleges Online, Community College of Aurora, Arapahoe Community College, Hofstra University/Yeshiva High School of Queens, and Brooklyn College (all freshman composition).
*Adult-education instructor on book publishing, Brooklyn College and Kingsborough Community College.
*Volunteer teacher of Jewish creative writing, Boulder Jewish Day School.
*Workshops on Jewish ethical wills, Jewish incantation bowls, and Jewish poetry.
READINGS (A to Z by Venue)
Alternative Center for International Arts, Nw York, NY, April 12, 1978.
Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA, various dates.
Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, April 27, 1976 or 1977.
Hofstra University, November 16, 1977.
Jewish Renewal Community of Boulder, Boulder, CO.
La Mamelle Art Center, San Francisco, CA, 8/6/77.
La Mamelle Art Center, San Francisco, CA, 11/18/77. West Coast International Sound Poetry Festival.
Louisville Arts Center, Louisville, CO.
Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO.
SoHo Books, New York, NY.
Studio of Creative Movement, New York, NY, 7/11-7/15, 1975. Three Evenings Between Music and Poetry, organized by HR.
Upsala College, East Orange, NJ, March 10, 1977.
EXHIBITS IN ITALY (by Date)
Many of these publications or programs were associated with a traveling exhibit curated by the Italian poet Giovanni Fontana under the rubric “Figura/Partura” or “Figura/Scrittura/Partura,” which seems to translate as “figure scores” or “written figure scores,” although the author uses the term “visual poems,” among others. See the bottom of the Sound Poems page for a few excerpts from the publications.
Oggi Poesia Domani, Frosinone, September 1-10, 1979.
Liceo Artistico Statale di Frosinone & Poiesis: Se Poesia e(‘) Immagin e . . ., Frosinone, May 29-June 5, 1980.
Laboratorio di Poesia, Novoli, April 26, 1982.
Lavatoio Contumaciale, Rome, January 29, 1983.
Centro Socio-Culturale de Mompiano, Brescia, March 5-19, 1983.
Centro Culturale Sant’ Agostino, Cassago Brianza, March 20-27, 1983.
Liceo Aristico Statale, Frosinone, May 19-31, 1984.
Galleria Il Punto, Velletri, June 16-30, 1984.