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Bernard Block

Par | 2018-05-20T14:15:58+00:00 13 juin 2017|Catégories : Blog|

Bernard Block was 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). Five of Bernard’s poems appear in the French/​English lite­ra­ry jour­nal Recours au Poème (Editor : Marilyne Bertoncini) with French trans­la­tion by Elizabeth Brunazzi. In an article in this jour­nal regar­ding the NYC poe­try scene, Ms. Brunazzi devotes a signi­fi­cant dis­cus­sion to Bernard’s poe­try and his orga­ni­zing role on that scene.