New Books from Post Traumatic Press

Post Traumatic Press, the small independent press founded in 2000 with the original mission to give voices to veterans and noncombatants whose lives have been affected by the trauma of war, has released three new books of poetry from Leslie Gerber, Sharon Israel, and Judith Kerman.

There will be a free reading and book signing with these three poets on Sunday, March 26, at WAAM (28 Tinker Street, Woodstock) at 2:00 p.m.


The Edge of Sleep by Leslie GerberThe Edge of Sleep by Leslie Gerber

Leslie Gerber was born in Brooklyn in 1943. He was graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in creative writing. For 39 years he ran a mail-order classical music business, while writing thousands of music reviews and articles. In 1970 he moved to Ulster County and has lived there ever since. He began writing poetry in 1999. He is a proud member of the Goat Hill Poets, founded by Cheryl A. Rice and himself. He lives in Woodstock New York with his wife.


Voice Lesson by Sharon IsraelVoice Lesson by Sharon Israel

Sharon Israel, poet, and soprano, has a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from the New School. She was an early recipient of Brooklyn College’s Leonard Hecht Poetry Explication Award, and her work most recently appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger, and Spry Literary Journal. Sharon collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments, and electronics and has premiered several of his works in New York. She hosts the radio program, Planet Poet-Words in Space, an edition of the Writer’s Voice, on WIOX FM, in Roxbury, New York.


Postcards from America by Judith KermanPostcards from America by Judith Kerman

Judith Kerman has published eight collections of poetry, most recently Aleph, broken: Poems from My Diaspora (Broadstone Books) and Postcards from America (Post Traumatic Press), as well as three books of translations of Cuban and Dominican women writers (White Pine Press, BOA Editions, Mayapple Press). She was a Fulbright Scholar in the Dominican Republic in 2002. She founded Earth’s Daughters magazine in Buffalo, NY (1971 to present) and runs Mayapple Press, located in Woodstock, NY. A literary trailer of her poem, “Fragile,” and her video documentary about Dominican Carnaval, as well as clips of several readings, can be seen on her YouTube channel.