Jonah Bornstein


4364 Wolff St
Denver, CO 80212

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

Intricate Homeland (Headwaters Press, 2012)
Walking Bridges Using Poetry as a Compass (Urban Adventure Press, 2008)
Deer Drink the Moon (Ooligan Press, 2007)
September 11, 2001 American Writers Respond (Etruscan Press, 2002)
West Wind Review (Southern Oregon University, 1993)
Journals: ,
Turtle Island Quarterly
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, Czeslaw Milosz
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: 
Travels for readings: 
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors, Teachers
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Los Angeles, CA
Raised in: 
Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Feb 29, 2020