Myra Sklarew was educated at Tufts University and the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. She studied at Cold Spring Harbor Biological Laboratory with Salvador Luria and Max Delbruck and conducted research in frontal lobe function of Rhesus monkeys at Yale University School of Medicine. She is the author of numerous collections of poetry, fiction and essays including Harmless (Mayapple Press, 2010), The Witness Trees (Cornwall Books U.S./London/Dora Teitelboim Center for Yiddish Culture, 2000, reprinted 2007), Lithuania: New & Selected Poems (Azul Editions, 1995), and the forthcoming A Survivor Named Trauma: Holocaust and the Construction of Memory. Awards include the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award and the National Jewish Book Council Award in Poetry for From the Backyard of the Diaspora (Dryad Press, 1981). She is the former president of the Yaddo Artist Community and professor emerita in the Department of Literature, American University.
More on this poet: Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/sklarew-myra/
written by Kim Roberts, January 2015
Book Publications: Myra Sklarew
Poetry 5 New Poets , John Holmes, editor (Poets’ Workshop Associates, Medford Massachusetts, 1954); In the Basket of the Blind (Chapbook, Cherry Valley Editions, 1975); From the Backyard of the Diaspora (Dryad Press, 1976, 1981); Blessed Art Thou, No-One (Chowder Chapbooks, 1982); The Science of Goodbyes (University of Georgia Press, 1982, 1983); The Travels of the Itinerant Freda Aharon (Chapbook,Water Mark Press, 1985); Altamira (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1987); Eating the White Earth (Tag Press, 1994, Hebrew tr.); Lithuania: New & Selected Poems (Azul Editions, 1995, 1997); The Witness Trees (Cornwall Books, 2000, 2008); Harmless (Mayapple Press, 2010); If You Want to Live Forever (Chapbook, Winterhawk Press, 2012)
Essays Over the Rooftops of Time (State University of New York Press,2003)
Fiction Like a Field Riddled by Ants (Lost Roads Publishers, 1988)
Nonfiction The Journey of Child Development: Selected Papers of Joseph Noshpitz, M.D., Co-editor with Bruce Sklarew (Routledge: Taylor & Francis, 2010); The Junk Dealer’s Daughter by Sarah Blacher Cohen, Co-editor with Merrill Leffler (Dryad Press, 2012); The Power of Witnessing (Routledge: Taylor and Francis, 2012 ), Chapter: “Leiser’s Song”; A Survivor Named Trauma: Holocaust and the Construction of Memory (State University of New York Press, forthcoming)