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Jared Harél

b. 1982

Current City, State, Country

Croton On Hudson, New York, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Queens, New York, USA


Jared Harél is the author of Let Our Bodies Change the Subject, selected by Kwame Dawes as the winner of the 2022 Raz/Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry (University of Nebraska Press, Fall 2023.) He is also the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) winner of the Diode Editions Poetry Prize and the narrative long-poem, The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012.) He’s been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, as well as the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review. Jared’s poems have recently appeared in such journals as 32 Poems, Beloit Poetry Journal, Harvard Review Online, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, The Southern Review and The Sun. He teaches at The Writers Circle, plays drums for the NYC-based rock band Flyin’ J & The Ghostrobber, and lives with his family in Westchester, NY.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors and a father to two Jewish children, being Jewish is an essential part of my past, present and future. Jewish culture, ideas, issues and traditions are woven into many aspects of my daily life, and so they naturally find their way into a good number of my poems.

Published Works

Let Our Bodies Change the Subject (University of Nebraska Press, 2023)
Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018)
The Body Double (chapbook; Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Creative Writing Instructor at The Writers Circle


Cornell University, M.F.A., 2009
Binghamton University, B.A., 2005
Syosset High School, 2000

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