Sparrow (American poet)
Sparrow is an American poet, activist, musician, and rabble-rouser.
Sparrow is the nom de guerre of Michael Gorelick, a longtime poet, activist, and musician hailing from the Lower East Side of Manhattan and a member of the New York-based literary group the Unbearables. He has published several poetry collections with Soft Skull Press, as well as chapbooks in collaboration with the St. Mark's Poetry Project, and he has served as the editor for the literary journal Big Fish. He has been published in The New Yorker (after picketing their offices in 1995 while holding a sign reading, "My Poetry is as bad as yours)", The Quarterly, and The New York Times. He is the founder both of the "One Size Fits All Movement" and the East Village Militia. He was also featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry, and his music (with the band Foamola) is featured on the poetry compilation Poemfone: New Word Order. He is also a gossip columnist for the Phoenicia Times, a contributing editor to Chronogram, and a substitute teacher.
Sparrow has been called "one of the funniest men in Manhattan" by music critic Robert Christgau, and challenged Bob Dole for the presidential nomination in 1996. Although lesser known, his work is held in high regard by highly acclaimed contemporary writers including Lydia Davis. He currently lives with his wife Violet Snow and daughter Sylvia Mae Gorelick in the Woodstock region of the Catskill Mountains in New York.
- Republican Like Me: A Diary of My Presidential Campaign, Soft Skull Press, 2001, ISBN 978-1-887128-22-3
- Yes, you are a revolutionary! plus seven other books, Soft Skull Press, 2002, ISBN 1-887128-87-5
- America: a prophecy : a Sparrow reader, Soft Skull Press, 2005, ISBN 978-1-932360-86-8
- "Guide to the Sparrow Papers". Fales Library and Special Collections. Retrieved January 14, 2012.