Sirowitz is the author of two books of poems, Mother Said and My
Therapist Said. He has two forthcoming books from Soft Skull Press: Before,
During and After (September 2003), to be followed in the spring
of 2004 by
He is the recipient
of a Frederick Delius Award and The Susan Rose Recording Grant for Contemporary
Jewish Music. Mother
Said will be released on CD with
music composed by Alla Borzova, sung by Paul Sperry. John Flansburgh of the
rock group, They Might Be Giants, has recorded him for Hello Records,
and the group
spoke about him during their interview for NPR's Studio 360. And Garrison Keillor
has read his work on NPR's Writers' Almanac.
Sirowitz has performed
on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS's Poetry Heaven, and NPR's All Things
Awarded a National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Sirowitz is also the best selling
translated poet in Norway, where Mother Said has
been adapted for the
stage and is currently being made into a series of animated cartoons.
is the Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He has poems in Garrison
Keillor's anthology, Good Poems; in Poetry in Motion from
Coast to Coast (W.W. Norton);
in Poetry After 9/11 (Melville House Publishing) and in 110
Respond to 9/11 (NYU Press).
He works as a special
education teacher for the New York City public schools and is married
to the writer Mary
Hal's website is http://www.halsirowitz.com .