Morty Sklar

Jackson Heights, NY 11372-5540

Author's Bio

Inspired by the natural-voice aesthetics of the Iowa City Actualists (of which he was a seminal writer and editor), the Beats, and the New York Poets, Morty writes with humor, intimacy and original insight in this thirty-six-year collection of poems addressing everything from heroin addiction to honor, innocent joy to mortal resignation, loneliness to everlasting love.

Publications and Prizes

The First Poem
(Snapper Press, 1987)
, The Night We Stood Up For Our Rights: poems 1969-1975
(Toothpaste Press, 1977)
, The Smell Of Life: Poems 1969 to 2005
(Spirit That Moves Us Press, 2008)
, To the White Lady
(Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1999)
From A to Z: 200 Contemporary American Poets
(Swallow Press, 1980)
, The Actualist Anthology
(The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1967)
(The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 2017)
Gargoyle Magazine, New Letters, The New York Quarterly, Pearl Magazine, Smiling Dog, World Letter
Prizes Won: 
His The Spirit That Moves Us Press having been his only child, he looked after it more than seeking publication and promotion of his own work. In 1984, the Czech poet whose book, The Casting Of Bells, he published from his The Spirit That Moves Us Press in 1983, won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

More Information

Listed as: 
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, At Risk Youth, Prisoners, Seniors, Teenagers, Veterans
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Sunnyside, Queens, New York City
Raised in: 
Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, NY
Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Last updated: Jun 23, 2018