Robert Hershon

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Robert Hershon, born and raised in Brooklyn, is a poet and the author of thirteen books.


He has published thirteen books of poetry. Most recently, "Goldfish and Rose" (2013);Into the Punch Line: Poems 1984-1994 (1994), The German Lunatic (2000), and Calls from the Outside World (2006). His work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Poetry Northwest, the World, Michigan Quarterly, Ploughshares,[1] and The Nation, among many others.[2]

He is also the recipient of various awards, including two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He worked as the executive director of the Print Center and is a co-editor of Hanging Loose Press and Hanging Loose magazine in Brooklyn, NY. He has edited various collections, including Smart Like Me and Shooting the Rat, collections of High School writing.[3][4]

He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Donna Brook. He has two grown children, Elizabeth and Jed.


  • Into a Punchline: Poems 1984-1994. Hanging Loose Press (1994)
  • The German Lunatic. Hanging Loose Press (2000)
  • Calls from the Outside World. Hanging Loose Press (2006)
  • "Goldfish and Rose," Hanging Loose Press (2013)