NJIT English professor and poet Burt Kimmelman, of Maplewood, has been invited to read from his work at Seton Hall University’s Poetry-in-the-Round on March 4, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the library on campus. Poet Adele Kenny will also be featured. The public is invited to attend; there will be no charge.
(ATTENTION MEDIA: To interview Kimmelman, please call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436.)
Kimmelman chairs the humanities department at NJIT. Later this year, Talisman House Publishers will publish his sixth volume of poetry: As If Free. His research interests include modern and postmodern literature, especially poetry; interdisciplinary medieval studies; technology and culture, especially aesthetics; textual scholarship; communications technology and epistemology.
Kimmelman is the editor of The Facts on File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry (Facts on File, Inc., 2005), for which he wrote the introduction, appendices including a general bibliography and a glossary of poetic terms. He is the co-editor of The Facts on File Companion to American Poetry (Facts on File, Inc., 2007).
Earlier in his career, Kimmelman wrote a book about William Bronk, a major figure in twentieth century American poetry, who is known for his deeply philosophical writings in a succinct style. He also authored a book about the emergence of individuality in the poetry of the later Middle Ages in Western Europe and England. He accounted for this development by examining the philosophy and theology of the era and relating the contemporaneous poetry to them.
Kimmelman received his doctorate in English Literature from City University of New York Graduate Center (CUNY); his MA in English Literature from Hunter College of CUNY, and his BA in English Literature from the State University of New York, College at Cortland.