Sirowitz is the author of two books of poems, Mother Said and My
Therapist Said. He has two forthcoming books from Soft Skull Press: Before,
During and After (September 2003), to be followed in the spring of 2004
by Father Said.
He is the recipient of a
Frederick Delius Award and The Susan Rose Recording Grant for Contemporary Jewish
Music. Mother Said will be released on CD with music composed by Alla
Borzova, sung by Paul Sperry. John Flansburgh of the rock group, They Might Be
Giants, has recorded him for Hello Records, and the group spoke about him during
their interview for NPR's Studio 360. And Garrison Keillor has read his work on
NPR's Writers' Almanac.
Sirowitz has performed on
MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS's Poetry Heaven, and NPR's
All Things Considered.
Awarded a National Endowment
for the Arts Fellowship, Sirowitz is also the best selling translated poet in
Norway, where Mother Said has been adapted for the stage and is currently
being made into a series of animated cartoons.
Hal is the Poet Laureate
of Queens, New York. He has poems in Garrison Keillor's anthology, Good Poems;
in Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (W.W. Norton); in Poetry
After 9/11 (Melville House Publishing) and in 110 Stories: Writers Respond
to 9/11 (NYU Press).
He works as a special education
teacher for the New York City public schools and is married to the writer Mary
Hal's website is http://www.halsirowitz.com/