Denise Bergman is the author of many books including THE SHAPE OF THE KEYHOLE (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), THREE HANDS NONE (Black Lawrence Press, 2019), THE TELLING (Cervena Barva Press, 2014), and A Woman in Pieces Crossed a Sea (West End Press, 2014) which won the Patricia Clark Smith Poetry Prize. The book centers on the making and endurance of 'symbol' in the Statue of Liberty; the impetus for the book was the year when the statue sat in 350 pieces in 214 crates on its future island home awaiting reconstruction. THE TELLING is a book-length poem generated by a relative's one-sentence secret: she believed that as a child refugee she had accidentally killed her mother. Seeing Annie Sullivan (Cedar Hill Books) based on the early life of Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher, was translated into Braille and a Talking Book. Denise conceived and edited the anthology of urban poetry City River of Voices (West End Press). Her poetry is widely published, most recently in Poetry, Beloit Poetry Journal, Solstice, Paterson Literary Review, and the Syracuse Cultural Workers Women's Daybook. The first stanza of her poem "Red," about a neighborhood near a slaughterhouse, is permanently installed in a public park in Cambridge, Mass.