Literary Nonfiction. Multi-genre literary master Baron Wormser's new book is about people from the mid-twentieth century whose lives created ripple effects beyond their individuality. Including electrifying portraits of Rosa Parks, Hannah Arendt, Miles Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Willem de Kooning, among others, these are not conventional "biographical" essays. Wormser has created a molten, multi-dimensional prose that brings a reader into the visceral presence of these human catalysts.
Baron Wormser is the author of several books of poetry and a poetry chapbook. He is the co-author of two books about teaching poetry and the author of a memoir along with a book of short stories and a novel. He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA program. He also is the Founding Director of Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching in Franconia, New Hampshire. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2005. LEGENDS OF THE SLOW EXPLOSION: ELEVEN MODERN LIVES (Tupelo Press, 2018) is his latest book.
Author City: MONTPELIER, VT USA