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Guide to the Hal Sirowitz Papers MSS 196

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Title: Hal Sirowitz Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1943-2004
Dates [bulk]: 1990-2001
Abstract: Hal Sirowitz (born 1949), known as "the people's poet," is an internationally known American poet, author, and retired public school teacher. He is most known for his work, Mother Said, and was a frequent competitor in Nuyorican Poets Café's Friday Night Poetry Slam in the late 1980s and early 1990s. In 1994, Sirowitz was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and in 2004, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. He became the second Poet Laureate of Queens, New York, a position he held for three years. In 2012, he was the co-winner of the Noir Con Poetry Contest. Sirowitz taught special education classes in the New York City public school system for twenty-three years. This collection dates between 1943 and 2002 (bulk 1990-2001) and consists of materials reflecting his career as a writer and public school teacher. Materials include print publications; original manuscripts; poems; plays; academic writings, clippings; teaching materials; newsletters; postcards; ephemera; photographs; receipts, address lists; author bios; correspondence; promotional materials and sales records; works by other authors; an award plaque; notebooks; an MTA Subway poster; and audiovisual materials documenting the spoken word.
Quantity: 17 Linear Feet in 13 record cartons; 3 manuscript boxes; 2 half manuscript boxes, 3 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize folder, and 1 CD box
Quantity: 5 audiocassettes
Quantity: 6 videocassettes (vhs)
Quantity: 16 sound discs (cd)
Quantity: 1 electronic discs (cd-rom)
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are primarily in English, with some publicaitons in German, Hebrew, and Spanish.
Call Phrase: MSS 196