Arts Calling Podcast #39 Richard Jeffrey Newman | Teaching, co-translating, and sharing truth in poetry

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Hi there,

Today I am delighted to bring you this conversation: Today I am arts calling Richard Jeffrey Newman!

About Richard: Poet. Literary co-translator. Essayist. Proud community college professor. Survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Curator, First Tuesdays reading series.

As a poet and essayist, Richard Jeffrey Newman’s work is rooted in the impact of feminism on his life as a man. As a co-translator of classical Persian poetry, he writes about the impact of that canon on our contemporary lives. His own books of poetry are, most recently, Words for What Those Men Have Done, (Guernica Editions 2017) and For My Son, A Kind of Prayer (Ghostbird Press in 2016). CavanKerry Press published his first book, The Silence of Men, in 2006. His most recent book of translations is The Teller of Tales: Stories From Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh (Junction Press 2011). Newman is on the Board of Directors of Newtown Literary and curates the First Tuesdays reading series in Jackson Heights, NY. He is Professor of English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College. After ten years of service to his union, he is once again focusing on his writing. His website is

Thank you so much for talking with me, Richard!

(TW: Experiences of sexual violence are briefly discussed in this episode).

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Make art. Much love,


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