Morty Sklar

35-50 85th Street, Apt. 8EJackson Heights, NY 11372-5540
Phone: 
718-426-8788

Author's Bio

Inspired by the natural-voice aesthetics of the Iowa City Actualists (of which he was a seminal writer and editor), the Beats, and the New York Poets, Morty writes with humor, intimacy and original insight in this thirty-six-year collection of poems addressing everything from heroin addiction to honor, innocent joy to mortal resignation, loneliness to everlasting love.

Publications and Prizes

Book

The First Poem
(Snapper Press,
1987)
The Smell Of Life: Poems 1969 to 2005
(Spirit That Moves Us Press,
2008)

Journal

Gargoyle Magazine
Prizes: 
His The Spirit That Moves Us Press having been his only child, he looked after it more than seeking publication and promotion of his own work. In 1984, the Czech poet whose book, The Casting Of Bells, he published from his The Spirit That Moves Us Press in 1983, won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Prisoners, Seniors, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Sunnyside, Queens, New York City, NY
Raised in: 
Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, NY

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Listing last updated: February 15, 2014.

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