Hal Sirowitz (born 1949) is an American poet.
Sirowitz first began to attract attention at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe where he was a frequent competitor in their Friday Night Poetry Slam. He eventually made the 1993 Nuyorican Poetry Slam team, and competed in the 1993 National Poetry Slam (held that year in San Francisco) along with his Nuyorican teammates Maggie Estep, Tracie Morris and Regie Cabico.
He has written six books on poetry and is arguably best known for the volumes Mother Said, My Therapist Said and Father Said.
Sirowitz is a 1994 recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Poetry and is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York. He worked as a special education teacher in the New York public school system for 23 years. He is married to the writer Mary Minter Krotzer.
Sirowitz is the best-selling translated poet in Norway, where Mother Said has been adapted for the stage and turned into a series of animated cartoons. http://homedir-a.libsyn.com/podcasts/66e00c80246a41df4a7ed67f60ae1a4a/4acb3844/indiefeedpp/images/HalSirowitzPic.jpg
- Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. New York City: Soft Skull Press. "Chapter 14: First and Always; Graduates from the NYC Poetry Slam's First Wave" Page 122. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
- http://www.tv.com/mtv-unplugged/show/3400/episode_guide.html&printable=1 | MTV's Unplugged series Episode Guide
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1719816/ | Hal Sirowitz on IMDB.com
- Aptowicz, Cristin O'Keefe. (2008). Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam. New York City: Soft Skull Press. "Chapter 14: First and Always; Graduates from the NYC Poetry Slam's First Wave" Page 123. ISBN 1-933368-82-9.
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