In his fourth collection of poems, The Torah Garden, Terman explores the meaning of being a Jew in America. Spirituality, personal and family history and mystic tradition all flourish in his lush garden of imagination.
(Sarasota, FL) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee presents the award-winning poet Philip Terman, November 7, 7 p.m., at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota. Terman will read from his 2011 book of poetry, The Torah Garden, which investigates the meaning of being a Jew in America. The poet takes us on a powerful journey through the heart of America. Personal and family history, prayer, religious exploration, and political invective all flourish in his lush garden of imagination. The reading is sponsored, in part, by Bookstore1Sarasota and the Observer Group. Tickets are $5. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 941-371-4546, Ext. 107.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Terman earned his PhD from The Ohio State University and is a professor at Clarion University in Pennsylvania, where he teaches creative writing, American literature, Jewish literature, Kafka and modern Jewish literature. He is contributing editor of the journal, Chautauqua and co-director and founder of the annual Chautauqua Writers’ Festival. Terman’s books include The Torah Garden (2011), Rabbis of the Air (2007), Book of the Unbroken Days (2005) and The Houses of Sages (1998). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Georgia Review, The Forward and Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. Terman’s awards include the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience and the Kenneth Patchen Prize for Poetry. His poem, “A Response to Jehuda Halevi,” was selected for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s 2009 Public Poetry Project.
The Pittsburgh City Paper observed that, “Terman’s garden is both imagined and real. A professor at Clarion University who teaches Jewish literature and Kafka, among other subjects, he lives in a vintage 1884 red-brick schoolhouse near Grove City with his wife, artist Christine Hood. Their rural plot supports trees and a big garden that feeds them, even in winter, with frozen and home-canned fruits and vegetables.”
“Phil Terman is a big man, with a big heart—the heart of a poet,” says Georgia Court, owner of Bookstore1Sarasota. “His love of family and community shine through his poetry. He writes lyrical, accessible poems that speak to all of us, regardless of our cultural heritage, because his poems illuminate universal experiences.”
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information about The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, call 941-371-4546 or visit www.jfedsrq.org.