Photo credit: Bella Terman

Philip Terman

b. 1957

Current City, State, Country

Grove City, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Cleveland, Ohio, USA


Philip Terman is the author of six full-length and four chapbook collections of poems, including, most recently, This Crazy Devotion (Broadstone Books) and Our Portion: New and Selected Poems, The Torah Garden (Autumn House Press) and Like a Bird Entering a Window and Leaving Through Another Window, a hand-sewn collaboration with the artist James Stewart and bookbinder Susan Frakes. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The Sun Magazine, Poetry International, The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish Poets,101 Jewish Poets for the Third Millennium,  Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, and 99 Poems for the 99 Percent.  A selection of his poems, My Dear Friend Kafka, has been translated into Arabic by the Syrian writer and translator Saleh Razzouk and published by Ninwa Press in Damascus, Syria.  He’s a retired professor of English from Clarion University, where he directed the Spoken Art Reading Series. He co-founded the Chautauqua Writer’s Festival, is coordinator of The Bridge Literary and Arts Center in Franklin, PA. Terman’s poems provided the text for three song cycles composed by Dr. Brent Register and, on occasion, he performs his poetry with the jazz band, Mark DeWalt The Barkeyville Triangle.

Published Works

This Crazy Devotion (Broadstone Books, 2020)
Our Portion: New and Selected Poems (Autumn House Press, 2015)
The Torah Garden (Autumn House Press, 2011)
Rabbis of the Air (Autumn House Press, 2007)
Book of the Unbroken Days (Mammoth Books, 2005)
The House of Sages (Mammoth Books, 1998)
What Survives (Sow’s Ear Press, 1993)

Tango Under a Narrow Ceiling: the Poems of Riad Saleh Hussein (translated from the Arabic by Saleh Razzouk and Philip Terman; Bitter Oleander, 2021)

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Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Retired Professor of English, Clarion University


Ohio State University, Ph.d. English
Ohio University,  MA, English
Ohio University, BA, English

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

Arabic--assist Saleh Razzouk in translating poetry of the poet Riad Saleh Hussein

Subject Matter