Jonah Bornstein

Poet

404 Wilson Road
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 
541-488-3831

Author's Bio

It’s incumbent on the writer to explore the subtleties and power of language, imagery, sound. And idea. Perhaps the reader will discover something new in herself or an aspect of the world not previously considered. The poet expands and extends connections. That’s what language is all about.

Let me be more radical. And precise. Life is not a game. And, by extension, neither is art. Too often I think we in America treat both as such. Should I single myself out? I don’t know. The reader will have to reflect on that. I do know that art can be important. But only if it does its difficult and joyful job of revealing what it means to be human—to exist, to struggle, to love, to hate, to be in pain, to be in joy. To explore the world we live in. And to examine ourselves. To be a poet is to peel back the tough skins of experience. It is to see within and without and to help or invite the reader to do the same. Art, surely, can be a revolution.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Intricate Homeland (Headwaters Press, 2012)
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Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass (Urban Adventure Press, 2008)
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Deer Drink the Moon (Ooligan Press, 2007)
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September 11, 2001 American Writers Respond (Etruscan Press, 2002)
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West Wind Review (Southern Oregon University, 1993)
Journals: ,
West Wind Review
Prizes won: 

First Southern Oregon Prize for Service to the Community;

Coulter Poetry Prize, University of California;

NYU Poetry Prize

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Kafka, Rilke, Wallace Stevens, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Dickens, Philip Roth, Galway Kinnell
What I'm reading now: 
The Living Fire by Edward Hirsch, Parables and Paradoxes by Franz Kafka, Long Love by Judith Barrington, A Beggar in Jerusalem by Elie Wiesel, Desert Cabal by Amy Irvine

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Los Angeles, CA
California
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
California
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Last update: Dec 13, 2018