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PoetryMic is a series that presents an array of varied and talented poets. This month’s poets are Miriam Sagan and Robin Rapaport.

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Miriam Sagan is the author of 30 books, including the novel Black Rainbow and Geographic: A Memoir of Time and Space which won the 2016 Arizona/New Mexico Book Award in Poetry. She founded and headed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement in 2016 Her blog Miriam’s Well (http://miriamswell.wordpress.com) has 1500 daily readers. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, and another dozen or so remote and unique places. Her awards include the Santa Fe Mayor’s award for Excellence in the Arts, the Poetry Gratitude Award from New Mexico Literary Arts, and a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa.

Robin Rapaport, a Holocaust survivor, was born in Glembokie, Poland, not far from Vilnius, Lithuania. Reunited after the war in a DP camp outside Linz, Austria, his family emigrated to Canada when he was 9 years old and eventually settled in Rhode Island. An army veteran, he served a tour of duty with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and also served in Germany.

Rapaport spent more than three decades as a high school English teacher and served as president of the National Education Association of New York (NEA/ NY) from 2003 to 2007 after serving six years as statewide vice president.

A member of the Ringling Poets group, Robin has had his poetry published in The English Journal, 2River View, The Ocean State Review, and Bombay Gin, among others. He belongs to the Sarasota Jazz Club, loves jazz and writes about it often. Also among the subjects of his poetry are his experiences in Viet Nam and the classroom, family dynamics, and the indignities of old age.

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