Curriculum Vitae

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.

PUBLISHING EXPERIENCE

  • 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.

EDUCATION

  • 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.

PUBLICATIONS

REVIEWS

  • Souls in the Garden: Poems About Jewish Spain, in HaLapid: Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, Autumn/Winter 2019.

WEB SITES

  • 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.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 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