Edwin Zimmerman (1924-2012)

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Ed Zimmerman (1924-2012) grew up in the Bronx, the youngest child of immigrant parents. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School at age 16 and attended Columbia College where he began writing short fiction and poetry.

After college graduation, Ed joined the Signal Corps-6th Army and served in occupied Japan as editor-in-chief of an Army newspaper. The GI bill put him through law school at Columbia. Ed spent a summer studying literature at Oxford before settling down to the serious business of law, first serving as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Simon H. Rifkind, then to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley Reed. He practiced law at Sullivan and Cromwell in New York for eight years before moving to California to teach at the Stanford University Law School. While a professor at Stanford, he continued writing, in workshops with novelists Ken Kesey and Larry McMurtry.

Ed came to Washington, DC in 1965 to work in the U.S. Justice Department, eventually serving as Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust. He became a partner at Covington & Burling and practiced antitrust law there until his death. Ed was also a Founding Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and President of the Board of Trustees of D.C.’s Textile Museum.

A 30-year member of the Capitol Hill Poetry Group, Ed’s work appeared in a full-length collection, A Piercing Happiness (2011) and a chapbook, At Truro (2012). His poems were also published in The Partisan Review, The Other Side of the Hill II, Hungry as We Are, Ten Years-Castle Hill, and The Innisfree Poetry Journal. He was a featured poet at the Library of Congress Poetry-at-Noon Series in 2009.

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