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My life as a poet began with my grandmother, who, with her sixth grade education and her indomitable spirit, wrote poems in her head to survive Auschwitz. This was the model of poetry I grew up knowing and the one I still practice daily: poetry is as necessary as water or air. It can and will save your life and make your life worth saving. Poetry is a human fundamental.

Poet Solmaz Sharif has described my writing as “tendrilic, electric, a mind in swift action.” Kent Shaw has characterized it as "forceful lyric."

I also love writing essays, reviews, and art writing, as it allows me to learn about others' work and think alongside people I admire.

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