> Bernard Block

Bernard Block

2018-07-19T17:56:55+00:00

Bernard Blockwas born and rai­sed in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn and atten­ded Cornell University and Brooklyn College.  He hitch-hiked to California in 1965 and lived in the Haight-Ashbury through 1967 where he gave poe­try rea­dings at the I and Thou Coffee Shop, North Beach cof­fee houses and Golden Gate Park.  He retur­ned to NYC and stu­died with the poet Colette Inez in the mid ’70’s. He ear­ned his living as a case­wor­ker with the Bureau of Child Welfare in New York City (he is now reti­red). Bernard has read at all the major spo­ken-word venues in NYC. He has pre­sen­ted his poe­try in venues in Philadelphia, Columbia, SC and Asheville, NC.  In August, 2014 he was invi­ted to fea­ture in Laugharne, South Wales in cele­bra­tion of the cen­te­na­ry of Dylan Thomas’ birth.  Bernard curates and hosts the Series “From Whitman to Ginsberg” at Cornelia St. Café.  There have been 17 edi­tions of this Series ; the most recent was pre­sen­ted on May 12, 2017. All 17 edi­tions were video­ta­ped and can be acces­sed on his YouTube Channel.  He has had 38 poems publi­shed in the pres­ti­gious European on-line lite­ra­ry jour­nal, Levure Littéraire, #8, #9 and #12.  (Editors :  Rodica Draghincescu ;  Erika Dagnino)

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