PITTSBURGH: Poet and author, Philip Terman, will read on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at 8:00 pm in Rea Coffeehouse, Chatham University, Shadyside Campus. A book signing and reception will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public. Chatham poets Heather McNaugher, Sheryl St. Germain and Sheila Squillante will also read.
Philip Terman is the author of four books of poetry and four limited edition chapbooks, including, most recently, Our Portion: New and Selected Poems and, in collaboration with the artist James Stewart and book maker Susan Frakes, the hand sewn collection, Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Another Window. His poems have appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Sun Magazine, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poets, Extraordinary Rendition: (American) Writers on Palestine, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic and published by Ninwa Press in Damascus, Syria. Terman co-directs the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival and is the coordinator of The Bridge Literary Arts Center in Franklin, PA. His poems have appeared on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac and Poetry Daily. He has collaborated with musicians and visual artists and, on occasion, performs his poetry with the jazz band The Barkeyville Triangle.
Praise for In The Torah Garden:
“Terman arrives, in convincing moments, at something rarely well expressed in poetry: earned peace with a measure of joy.”
–Pittsburgh City Paper
Praise for Our Portion:
“This is a big-hearted, large-minded book, rich in its religious heritage yet wonderfully ironic, in its particulars, about those same compelling cultural connections. The flow of the writing, too, is thoroughly complete and poignantly alive in its follow-through, as if the poems were engaging the reader in real-life chat-narratives. Philip Terman’s Our Portion is a work of profound maturity, practical wisdom, and reconciliation with what is possible.