Jason Schneiderman

photo: Marion Ettlinger

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Primary Source, winner of the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Award; Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books; and Striking Surface, winner of the 2009 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press.

His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House.

He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004. He is an Associate Professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Primary Source by Jason Schneiderman, published by Red Hen Press
“Queer: A Reader for Writers, published by Oxford University Press.

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  1. […] Jason Schneiderman is a poet, essayist, and winner of the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Award. A self-described military brat, Schneiderman spent his childhood moving around the country and the world. He attended the University of Maryland on scholarship and studied in Russia for a year. Schneiderman moved to New York City for graduate school where he fell in love and got married. Schneiderman has been writing poetry since age 16 although his first poem–which he describes as very bad–was written in the fifth grade. Poetry, Schneiderman says, is a coded language of emotion there for the reader to decipher. Of his earlier work, Schneiderman says much of it was received as being about HIV and the Holocaust. While much of it indeed did explore these themes, he wonders how the work may be interpreted differently now. Presently Schneiderman is working to finish an untitled manuscript. His poem The Last War explores an imagined reality in which the world plans an exit strategy from all armed conflict. The personal and political are inherently intertwined for some, says Schneiderman, and his work attempts to address this while not fully endorsing the notion. Schneiderman and his husband often use the term “think-feel” to articulate the way in which thought is inherently emotional. Poetry, he says, is a medium in which this can be explored. To hear more from Jason Schneiderman including a poem based in Jewish Midrash about the introduction of numbers to mankind, listen to the full interview. […]