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Liz Rosenberg in 2017
|Born||February 3, 1955|
Glen Cove, New York, United States
|Occupation||Professor, poet, anthologist, novelist, book reviewer|
|Alma mater||Bennington College|
|Spouse||John Gardner (1980-1982)|
David Bosnick (1983-January 30, 2014)
Lizbeth Meg Rosenberg (born February 3, 1955) is an American poet, novelist, children's book author and book reviewer. She is currently a professor of English at Binghamton University, and in previous years has taught at Colgate University, Sarah Lawrence College, Hamilton College, Bennington College, and Hollins College. Her children's book reviews appear monthly in The Boston Globe.
Rosenberg was born on Long Island to parents Ross and Lucille Rosenberg. She grew up in Syosset, New York with her older sister, Ellen. It was her sister Ellen who taught her to read when Liz was only two. She and her father would illustrate and write books for their youngest. Rosenberg's interest in poetry and literature started at an early age and her first poem came at eight. She wrote her first "novel" at age nine, in the fourth grade, but did not publish a novel till Heart and Soul, a Young Adult novel it took her twenty years to complete.
Her father owned a tool manufacturing company in Smithtown, Long Island, which he ran with several cousins. ROSCO Tools was sold to Vermont American in the 1980s. Her mother worked briefly in publishing, and then stayed home to care for her two children. Her maternal aunt, Madleyn Cates, was a well-established actress who appeared on Broadway, in TV shows and in films, including the "concierge" bit in Mel Brooks' original film The Producers. Madelyn's middle daughter, Kathryn Kates, has continued the acting tradition, and has been featured in numerous TV shows, commercials and films, including a recurring role on Seinfeld as the "Babka Lady".
Rosenberg's paternal uncle, Anton Rosenberg, a painter, was supposedly the model for a central character in Jack Kerouac's novel "The Subterraneans" and is often thought to be the "angel-headed hipster" about whom Allen Ginsberg wrote in his poem, "Howl."
Education and teaching
Rosenberg graduated early from Syosset High School, where she won an NCTE Writing Award in her senior year. While majoring in creative writing and literature at Bennington her first short story, "Memory," won an Atlantic First Award and was published in The Atlantic Monthly. After writing her senior thesis on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rosenberg graduated early from Bennington and subsequently earned her Masters in creative writing at the Johns Hopkins University Writing Program. She earned her PhD in Comparative literature at Binghamton University, where she has been teaching since 1979. Accomplished writers she has taught include Nathan Englander, Sheila Schwartz, Ellen Potter, Angie Cruz, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, Kate Schmitt, Jerry Mirskin, Paul William Burch, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Jeff Ford, Matt Moses, Josephine Schmidt, and Michael Greene. She also teaches during the summer at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
She met her second husband, David Bosnick, in her junior year in high school. Her first serious high school boyfriend was author Michael Pollan. They lived together for six months in Martha's Vineyard, then attended Bennington College together. At Bennington, she met her first husband, novelist John Gardner. They married in 1980 and divorced in 1982. She and Bosnick married in 1983. They were married until February 2014, when he died.
Rosenberg is a board member of Chabad House and Beds for Kids, which provides children with a place to sleep. She also helped found Binghamton's Indoor Playground. In the past she was in charge of Binghamton University's Local Harvest for the Homeless program.
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- The Fire Music (1986)
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- The Lily Poems (2008)
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- The Invisible Ladder (1996)
- Earth Shattering Poems (1998)
- Light Gathering Poems (2000)
- Roots and Flowers: Poets Write About Their Families (2001)
- I Just Hope It's Lethal: Poems of Sadness, Madness, and Joy (2005)
- Heart and Soul (1996)
- 17: A Novel in Prose Poems (2002)
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- The Moonlight Palace (2014)
- Beauty and Attention: A Novel (2016)
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- What James Said (2015)
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