Jane Berger Herschlag


Danbury, CT
Connecticut US

Author's Bio

When The Mouth Can't Speak The Body Will—#MeToo—finding form for the unspeakable, a full length collection of poems and art, published by Finishing Line Press.  Bully In The Spotlight, my 40 page docu-poetry chapbook is published by Pudding House Publications.   My poems are also published in four anthologies and many university presses.  I was a semi-finalist in Elixir’s2006 ms. Awards, and in Radcliffe’s2000 Bunting Fellowship.  I won the 1999 Geraldine Griffin Moore award, and the 1998 Jerome Lowell DeJur Manuscript Award/2nd place from City College.  From Hunter College I won poetry manuscript awards: The 1998 Blanche Colton Williams Fellowship, The Sylvia Faulkner Award, The 1998 Poet In New York Prize/Honorable Mention,  The 1998 Audre Lorde Award/2nd Place.  From the N.O.W. I won 2nd place in their 1998 non-fiction essay contest.  


I taught creative writing/poetry at a New York City public school and high school, and to children and adults at ESCAPE To The Arts—the Writer’s Voice at the Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut.  I curated the open mic reading series for the Writer’s Voice at ESCAPE, and prior to that, for seven years at The West Side YMCA in NYC. I was a featured reader at cafes and libraries throughout NYC, on the radio and Manhattan Cable TV.  I ran a poetry peer group from 1996-2002 in NYC, and from 2003-2012 in Connecticut. I am an award-winning photographer.  In 2014 I won three scholarships to: Wesleyan Writers Conference; Juniper Summer Writing Institute; and Fine Arts Work Center for my memoir.  You can view my poetry at:  poetryjane.com.  A link brings you to Photographyjane.com.  Early poems are published under the pen name Lynn Gerber.


My book promo for my memoirTearing Off The Covers can be viewed on Youtube; after the title in quotes, add Jane Berger Herschlag, then click on the black & white photo of 3-year-old twins.

Publications & Prizes

When The Mouth Can't Speak The Body Will (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Bully In The Spotlight (Pudding House Publications, 2012)
Prizes won: 

2014—3 Scholarships:  Wesleyan Writers Conference; Juniper Summer Writing Institute; Fine Arts Work Center.  RICHTER ASSOC. for the ARTS: Photography—1st Place 9/22/12 & 3rd Place 2015; CITY COLLEGE Dept. of English 1999 Geraldine Griffin Moore Award; Dept. of English 1998 Jerome Lowell Dujur Award/Manuscript;

HUNTER COLLEGE Dean’s List; (CUNY/Cum Laude); Women’s Studies/Sylvia Faulkner Award; Dept. of English Blanche Colton Williams Fellowship; Dept. of English 1998 Poet In NY/Honorable Mention; Dept. of English 1998 Audre Lorde Award/2nd Place; N.O.W. Non-Fiction Essay/2nd Place (Nat’l. Contest) 1998

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickenson, Robert Frost, Edna St. Vincent Millay; Sharon Olds, Gwendolyn Brooks.
What I'm reading now: 
Suggestible You by Erik Vance

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Illness/Wellness, Mental Health, Seniors, Women
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Born in: 
Brooklyn, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Forest Hills, NY
New York
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Last update: Sep 28, 2019