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Gene Frumkin, American Writer, educator ( hum: library study, Educated)writer, educator. Member Associated Writing Programs, Hawaii Literary Arts Council, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association West.

Background

Frumkin, Gene was born on January 29, 1928 in New York City. Son of Samuel and Sarah (Blackman) Frumkin.

Education

Bachelor of Arts English, University of California at Los Angeles, 1951.

Career

Born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of California, Los Angeles (BA in English, 1950. Editor, Daily Bruin), Eugene Frumkin worked as a bank teller before beginning his writing career as a journalist. He first took up poetry seriously while enrolled in an adult education class taught by the poet Thomas McGrath.

During the 1950s he was Poetry Editor of the literary journal Coastlines, which he co-founded with Mel Weisburd in 1955. In 1966, Frumkin moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to take a teaching position at the University of New Mexico, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. At the University Frumkin edited the Blue Mesa Review and taught a number of students who would go on to distinguished careers, including Gloria Frym, Joy Harjo, Simon Ortiz and Leslie Marmon Silko.

In 1967, he was among more than 500 writers and editors who signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse to pay the 10% Vietnam War Tax surcharge proposed by president Johnson. Frumkin's poetry has appeared in Chelsea, Conjunctions, Evergreen Review, Kayak, New Letters, The Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, Sulfur, and many other literary magazines, and in anthologies ranging from Robert Bly's Forty Poems Touching on Recent American History (1970) to The Best American Poetry 2002, edited by Robert Creeley. His work is noted for its meditative character, its wit, and its unexpected turns and surprises, which show the influence of Surrealism.

Works

Membership

Member Associated Writing Programs, Hawaii Literary Arts Council, Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association West.

Connections

Married Lydia Samuels, July 3, 1955 (deceased ). Children: Celena, Paul.

father:
Samuel Frumkin

mother:
Sarah (Blackman) Frumkin

spouse:
Lydia Samuels

child:
Celena Frumkin

child:
Paul Frumkin