Zack Rogow

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Zack Rogow is an American poet, playwright, translator, and critic. He was born in New York City, and currently resides in Berkeley, California.

Rogow is the author of nine books of poetry, including "Irreverent Litanies," [1] from Regal House Publishing; and "Talking with the Radio: poems inspired by jazz and popular music"[2] and My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers,[3] both published by Kattywompus Press; and The Number Before Infinity,[4] published by Scarlet Tanager Books. His translations from the French include works by George Sand,[5] André Breton,[6] Colette,[7] and Marcel Pagnol.[8] His co-translation of Earthlight by André Breton received the 1994 PEN Translation Prize. His sequence of short poems, Airplane Tanka, was a cowinner of the 2006 Tanka Splendor Award.[9]

The anthologies that Rogow has edited include The Face of Poetry, a selection of work by contemporary U.S. poets with photos of the writers by Margaretta K. Mitchell, published by University of California Press.[10] He also edited two volumes of the journal TWO LINES.[11]

He has written four plays in a series about contemporary world writers. The fourth in this series, Colette Uncensored, a one-woman show about the French writer Colette, was coauthored by actress, Lorri Holt. Holt played the part of Colette when the play had its first staged reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in February 2015, and again when the play ran at The Marsh in San Francisco and Berkeley, California, in 2016 and 2017,[12] and in London at the Canal Café Theatre in 2018.[13] The other plays in the series concern the life and work of Léopold Sédar Senghor, Nazim Hikmet,[14] and Yosano Akiko.[15]

Rogow cofounded the Lunch Poems Reading Series at University of California, Berkeley with Professor Robert Hass and is a contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader.[16]


  1. ^ "Irreverent Litanies". 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Talking with the Radio, by Zack Rogow".
  3. ^ "My Mother and the Ceiling Dancers, by Zack Rogow".
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  5. ^ "Mercury House — Horace".
  6. ^ "André Breton | Arcanum 17 | Green Integer Books".
  7. ^ "Sarabande".
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  9. ^ "Tanka Splendor 2006 Winners".
  10. ^ Mitchell, Margaretta; Rogow, Zack (2005). The Face of Poetry. University of California Press. ISBN 9780520246041.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2013-07-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-05-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-05-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Further reading[edit]

  • "Zack Rogow" in Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series, Volume 28. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997.

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