Living on the Sounds of Static, poem, Issue 35, June 1, 2016
Birthday? September, 1976
When did you start writing? My mother says she has a poem I wrote about a chicken from when I was in first grade. I believe her, but I have yet to see it.
When and what and where did you first get published? I had a poem published in a very small college paper. For some reason,
I did it anonymously, but I can't recall why. The first piece that meant something in its publishing is called the "White Plague" and it
was published in Lumina. It is a short apocalyptic story.
What themes do you like to write about? I like to write about themes related to love, history, Dystopia, Jewish spirituality and mysticism, but probably many others.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I really loved "Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin; language is a hero of that novel. Anything I really enjoy reading usually has that trait. I am mainly a writer of poetry, so that must make sense. In terms of poetry, I read the works of Adam Zagajewski. He is probably the greatest living poet, and he is not read as much as he should be.
I can't say in a concrete way how any writer resonates in my own writing. I know that I am influenced, though, especially by Zagajewski and others. When I was younger, I was more influenced by Yehuda Amichai and Rilke. I still go back to them, but I don't see them as much in my writing. I have more toward narrative poetry in many respects.
Overall, I think the most we need to ask for from other writers is the ignition of a fiery desire to write in us.
Below is a Facebook page for an organization that I started called J.A.C.K.: Jewish Advocacy for Culture & Knowledge. Our mission is to
bring diverse and mainstream audiences to Jewish artists, writers, & performers & to bring diverse artists of varied cultures to Jewish
audiences. We are an ambitious advocate for the arts, the intellect, and the pursuit of knowledge founded upon the Jewish spirit, but for everyone of this world. Thus far, we've had literary and artistic events in comedy clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, and other great
Baruch November authored a collection of poems entitled, "Dry Nectars of Plenty," which co-won Big City Lit’s chapbook contest. His poems & short fiction have appeared or will appear in the Paterson Literary Review, Lumina, The Forward, and other publications. Baruch teaches writing and literature at Touro College, and he founded J.A.C.K. (Jewish Advocacy for Culture & Knowledge), spotlighting established and emerging poets & performers. He lives in Manhattan, but grew up in many different cities across America, and if you asked him where he was from, he'd say Pittsburgh, mainly.