tommandel

Books

To the Cognoscenti Absence Sensorium Letters of the Law Ancestral Cave Four Strange Books Realism Prospect of Release Central Europe Erat Some Appearances Ready to Go EncY The Grand Piano, Part 1 The Grand Piano, Part 2 The Grand Piano, Part 3 The Grand Piano, Part 4 The Grand Piano, Part 5 The Grand Piano, Part 6 The Grand Piano, Part 7 The Grand Piano, Part 8 The Grand Piano, Part 9

Bio.

I grew up in Chicago, the child of Jewish immigrants fleeing Vienna in the wake of the Nazi invasion. I was educated in Chicago's jazz and blues clubs, by early encounters with poets and jazz musicians, and at the University of Chicago where I studied with Hannah Arendt, Saul Bellow, Harold Rosenberg and David Grene on the Committee on Social Thought. I have lived in New York, Paris, San Francisco and Washington DC and now reside in a small town bordering the Atlantic.

In my twenties, I taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. I left the academy before I turned thirty.

I worked in New York publishing for couple of years, then moved to Paris where I wrote, taught English, and did research and report writing for UNESCO. After moving to San Francisco, I was a CETA artist, then returned to the academy as Director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University. I was also Director of Advertising of Supercuts. But much of my thirties was spent reading, writing and traveling. I was maximally employed, though not gainfully so.

Since I turned forty, I have been an entrepreneur and consultant in the technology industry. More information on my backround in business is available here.

I began writing poetry as a child, and my work was first printed in an anthology of young poets when I was 15. I have published poetry and literary criticism actively since my mid-twenties; my work has appeared in dozens of newspapers, literary journals and anthologies including The Norton Anthology of Post-modern Poetry, the now classic In The American Tree, Primary Trouble: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, and other anthologies. I am the author of more than a dozen books.