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Date: Feb 01, 2011
Hofstra Professor Lynn Cohen Publishes "Dreams and Dreamers," a New Collection of PoemsHofstra University, Hempstead, NY … Lynn Cohen, Hofstra adjunct assistant professor, School for University Studies, has written a new collection of poems titled Dreams and Dreamers, published by Blue Light Press and 1st World Publishing.
Cohen was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry in 2006 and 2010. She gave a scholarly paper at the Gerard Manley Hopkins Literary Festival in Ireland in 2009. As a result of a grant proposal she wrote, the New York State Council for the Humanities awarded the North Sea Poetry Scene a mini-grant for its “Let’s Talk Poetry 2008” series. She has spoken on the works of T. S. Eliot at a National MLA Conference and at local conferences, including the 1985 Northeast Regional Meeting on Christianity and Literature at CW Post and the Annual Northeast Conference on Christianity and Literature at Farmingdale State College in 1990. She also has lectured on modern and post-modern literature and has given poetry readings in the United States and in Ireland.
She was a student and mentee of Pulitzer Prize Winner and Hofstra alumnus Stephen Dunn and Pulitzer Prize Winner W. D. Snodgrass. She co-edited The North Sea Poetry Scene’s LI Sounds 2007 Poetry Anthology and other poetry anthologies.
Martha Hollander, Hofstra professor and winner of the Whitman Award under current U. S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin, said this of Dreams and Dreamers: "Lynn Cohen’s poems are tender elegies for lost youth, passion and ease. At once graceful and economical, these lyrics offer bright glimpses of city and country, of travel and remembered haunts. Like the dreams of her title, they are like stories in miniature, deftly moving back and forth in time, lit with flashes of insight. Childhood anticipates future scars; middle age looks back to simpler ardor. Cohen uses a compact, elegant style to create a lucid world of longing."