Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Paul Genega

Paul Genega is the author of six full-length collections of poetry and five chapbooks. His latest, Sculling on the Lethe, was published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland, in 2018 and was a Finalist for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. Moordener Kill, a chapbook of recent work, will be published by Finishing Line Press this year.

Over a forty year career, his work has appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines including Poetry, North American Review and Narrative Northeast and has received such honors as the Lucille Medwick Award (New York Quarterly), The Discovery Award (The Nation), Charles Angoff Award (The Literary Review), and an individual fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He is co-author with Patricia Lee Stotter of the multi-media theater piece Paging Doctor Faustus, which was presented in a staged reading at FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, in April, 2019, and is currently in development. Under the auspices of Arts-by-the-People’s Moving Words project, his poem Pharaoh was turned into a short animation by Israeli artist Omer Mizrahi and was shown at the 2018 Animex Festival, in Tel Aviv. Also in 2018, his poetry was included in Katja Dryer’s play Ophelia Comes to Brooklyn, which premiered in Brussels and toured Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

Perhaps, a collaborative portfolio of poems with original etchings by Boston artist Aaron Fink, is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Block Museum at Northwestern, among others.

Genega taught for many years at Bloomfield College, New Jersey – one of the most diverse private colleges in the Northeast – where he founded the creative writing program and served as chair of Humanities. His legacy continues at Bloomfield through the Genega Endowed Scholarships in Creative Writing.

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  1. […] Paul Genega is working on a multi-media piece titled Paging Dr. Faustus which has been in process for ten years. The work began as a straight play but has evolved over the years into an absurdist work. The story is a reworking of the story of Doctor Faustus set in a failing hospital. He also helped create a documentary titled Service: When Women Come Marching Home which sparked his interest in examining the services that veterans do not receive upon their return home. Genega is also the author of many books of poetry. To hear more about his collaborative projects, listen to the complete interview. […]


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