Poetry. THE ART OF WORK takes but a moment of our history and offers it up in hopes that we may see more clearly the realities of a segment of working America. Centering around the Meat Cutter's Union of New York City, UFCW Local 342, the poems bear witness to real people, job sites, and stories. They offer new access points into the lives that exist past those solitary moments. This collection does not make art of work, it merely frames the beauty already present in our toiling, our labor, and our survival.
Jen Fitzgerald is a poet, essayist, and native New Yorker who received her MFA in Poetry at Lesley University. She is the host of New Books in Poetry Podcast as part of the New Books Network, a member of New York Writers Workshop, and teaches for LitReactor. She is a community and social activist whose work has been featured on PBS Newshour and Harriet: The Poetry Foundation Blog and in Tin House, Salon, PEN Anthology, AAWW: Open City, and in forthcoming anthologies among others.Author City: SHADY SIDE, MD USA