Bertha Rogers

Poet, Translator

6430 County Highway 16 Bright Hill Farm
Delhi, NY 13753

Author's Bio

Bertha Rogers is a poet, translator, visual artist, and teaching artist. Several hundred of her poems appear in literary journals, anthologies, and in her poetry collections, including Wild, Again; Heart Turned Back; Sleeper, You Wake; Even the Hemlock; A House of Corners; and The Fourth Beast. More than 500 of her poems have been published in literary journals, and she had received eight nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Her translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation of the Anglo-Saxon Riddle-Poems from the thousand-year-old Exeter Book, Uncommon Creatures, was published in 2019. In 1992, with her late husband, Ernest M. Fishman, she founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills; in 2017 she was commended for her work with Bright Hill in the Congressional Record; she retired as executive director in 2017 and now leads the Bright Hill Youth Workshops and serves as Editor in Chief for the Poetry Series. She has been awarded several New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization and NYFA grants for her interdisciplinary exhibits and served as a peer panelist for the NYSCA Literature Program as well as directing the New York State Literary Map and Website and serving on the selection committee for the Empire State Writers Hall of Fame. 

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Publications & Prizes


Rain of One Ocean Anthology (Headwaters Press, 2002)
The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press, 2002)
Wild, Again (Salmon Poetry, 2019)
Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose by Bright Hill Press Writers (Bright Hill Press, 2017)
Heart Turned Back (Salmon Poetry, 2010)
A House of Corners (Three Conditions Press, 2000)
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Many Mountains Moving
On the Bus


Beowulf by anonymous, translated from the Old English (Birch Brook Press, 2000)

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Favorite authors: 
Elizabeth Bishop, Gerard Manly Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugenio Montale, W. H. Auden, Mary Rueffle, Samuel Beckett, etc.

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Last update: Jul 07, 2020