Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of County College of Morris (CCM) and host of the TV program Campus Connect
, recently interviewed poets Marvin Silbersher, Tina Kelley and CCM Professor Sander Zulauf on the state of poetry in New Jersey and other related topics.
The program, produced by the Media Center at CCM, is currently airing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 77 and Verizon FiOS Channel 40 throughout Morris County. It also can be viewed on CCM’s YouTube channel at http://tinyurl.com/d5cg5xu
Poems by Kelley and Silbersher were included in the 2012 edition of the Journal of New Jersey Poets, edited by Professor Zulauf.
Silbersher’s poetry reflected his experiences in England as a member of a bomber crew in the Eighth Air Force during World War II. During the Campus Connect
program, Silbersher discussed his experiences in acting school with Walter Matthau, Marlon Brando, Bea Arthur and Tony Curtis, as well as his career directing the Ed Sullivan Show during the 1950s and 1960s, when the variety show introduced numerous entertainers to the American public, including Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
Kelley shared a Pulitzer Prize award for her part in the coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks as a reporter for the New York Times where she wrote 121 of the “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the lives of the victims. Kelley now serves as the staff writer at Covenant House, where she is co-authoring a book of profiles of homeless teenagers.
Zulauf has been teaching poetry, creative writing and literature at CCM since 1973. His poems have appeared in dozens of national periodicals, including the New York Times. A poet with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Zulauf was named the first Poet Laureate of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark in 1999. Dryad Press in Washington, D.C., just released his newest collection of poems, Where Time Goes.