This is our second meeting at our new venue The Garage at 53 Church Hill Road, Newtown. DIRECTIONS
Van Hartmann teaches neoclassical and romantic literature, American literature, history of the novel, comedy, and film at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. His poems have appeared in numerous journals and his first book-length poetry collection Shiva Dancing has been published by texture press.
” Shiva Dancing takes the reader on a journey across a physical and emotional landscape of loss, grieving, and renewal. The poems are lyrical and elegiac. They probe the multiple layers through which we experience the loss that comes with living and the redemption made possible by exploring that loss with honesty, concreteness, and compassion. Each poem is set in motion by a concrete observation or recollected moment that releases its own organic stream of poignant associations. The result is an embodiment, in each poem and in the collection as a whole, of the complex energies and perceptions that define our most human experiences.”
He lives his wife Laurel Peterson in Norwalk, Connecticut.