Bart Edelman, MFA

Affiliate Faculty, Poetry
MFA in Creative Writing


(310) 578-1080

MA in English Literature, Hofstra University

Bart Edelman (poetry) was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1951, and spent his childhood in Teaneck. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University. He has taught at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, Santa Monica College, Long Beach City College, West Los Angeles College, and the UCLA Extension. He is currently professor of English at Glendale College, where he edits Eclipse, A Literary Journal. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the United States Department of Education, the University of Southern California, and the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and conducted literary research in India, Egypt, Nigeria, and Poland. His poetry has appeared in newspapers, journals, textbooks, and anthologies, published by Cengage, City Lights Books, Etruscan Press, Harcourt Brace, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, Thomson/Heinle, the University of Iowa Press, and Wadsworth. He teaches poetry workshops across the United States and was poet-inresidence at Monroe College of the State University at New York. Collections of his work include Crossing the Hackensack (1993), Under Damaris’ Dress (1996), The Alphabet of Love (1999), The Gentle Man (2001), The Last Mojito (2005), and The Geographer’s Wife (2012). He lives in Pasadena, California.

The Geographer’s Wife
The Last Mojito
The Gentle Man
The Alphabet of Love
Under Damaris’ Dress
Crossing the Hackensack

There is no greater privilege than working with students, especially on the one-to-one level that a low-residency MFA program provides for a mentor.  I see my role at Antioch as part instructor, part conduit, part confidante, and part student, too.  This learning business is always a two-way street as far as I’m concerned.  While I will be making suggestions about your poetry and encouraging you to produce the most provocative work you are capable of turning out in the time we have together, I also know that the process we undertake, together, is a shared trust.  You come to me with the long hours you’ve dedicated to your craft, and I devote myself to challenging you to become the writer you’ve always wanted to be – and then some.

How we accomplish the goals we will establish is certainly a process that involves many levels and quite a bit of trial and error.  What works for one student might not necessarily be successful for another. Through the various drafts of your poetic work afforded me, I make suggestions, offer alternative perspectives, and fuel the creativity that is, indeed, essential for the motivation you deserve, at every turn on the journey we undertake.  You might not be thrilled with every suggestion of mine, but you’ll know the reasoning behind possible proposals and how they demand you stretch your literary muscles in places you’ve yet to discover.  Be on the lookout, then, for exercises that test the progress of your work, question narrators you thought you knew, and, occasionally, add a dash of psychodrama/role-playing for good measure, all the while employing humor in many of our discussions.

Through my individual exchanges with you, your interaction with other students and the dynamics of the group, itself, there is a powerful network of community involved in the very undertaking of the program we agree to enter.  How I prepare you for the writing world that beckons, hopefully supplies all the promise necessary to pursue our efforts.   Let’s see where the road leads…