JOSEPH FRANCIS SALERNO
Joe Salerno, as he prefered to be called, was born in the Bronx on April 2, 1947, and moved to New Jersey with his family when he was seven. He received his B.A. in English at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he edited the literary magazine Now. His graduate work was done at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of such distinguished poets as Donald Hall and Robert Hayden. In 1972, Salerno won the Hopwood Award, Michigan's most coveted prize for poetry. This honor is further distinguished by its being won by exceptional American writers such as Arthur Miller, John Ciardi, X.J. Kennedy, Jane Kenyon, and Gregory Orr.
Joe Salerno died of lung cancer on November 22,1995, and is survived by his wife, Beverly, and his three children, David, Miriam, and Daniel. Since his death, two collections of his work have been published, one titled Only Here was published by The efforts of The Skylands Writers Association, Inc, and many "Friends of Salerno" who donated funding for the book. It received good reviews and sold out in the first year of publication. Next, his manuscript, The Song of Tulip Tree, was published as winner of the Annual $2,000 Bordighera Press Poetry Prize, http://www.ItalianAmericanWriters.com with translations by Emanuel di Pasquale. See also, http://www.gioseffi.com Selected by Felix Stefanile, Distinguished Judge for 1998, the book is distributed by Bordighera Press and the Small Press Distribution Center, as well as on the Joe Salerno poetry page, published by Beverly Salerno, executor of the Joe Salerno literary estate.
Sample Poems from: Dream Paintings from the Heaven of Osbscurity
Copyright © 1997 by Beverly Salerno. All rights reserved. ISBN 1-886841 Skylands Writers & Artists Assoc. Inc. P.O. Box 154, Blairstown, NJ 07825. (Out-of-print.)
Only Here, poems by Joe Salerno, published by S.W.A.A. also out-of-print.
To Order: Song of the Tulip Tree (La Canzone Della Magnolia) The Bordighera Poetry Prize Winner, 1998. ISBN 1-884419-31-3: Send a post paid check for $14.95 to: Bordighera Press, P.O. Box 1374, Lafayette, IN. 47902-1374.
Solitary Traveler Crossing a Foot Bridge
Enjoying a Book of Poetry on a Spring Afternoon
Ant on a Willow Leaf
The ant on the willow leaf
Copyright © 1997-20001 by Beverly Salerno. All rights reserved.
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