Bachelor, New York University, 1972. Master of Science in Education, Hofstra University, 1976.
Sirowitz first began to attract attention at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe where he was a frequent competitor in their Friday Night Poetry Slam. He eventually made the 1993 Nuyorican Poetry Slam team, and competed in the 1993 National Poetry Slam (held that year in San Francisco) along with his Nuyorican teammates Maggie Estep, Tracie Morris and Regie Cabico. Sirowitz would later perform his poetry on stages across the country, and on television programs such as Music Television"s Spoken Word: Unplugged and Public Broadcasting Service"s The United States of Poetry.
Sirowitz is a 1994 recipient of an National Education Association Fellowship in Poetry and is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New New York
He worked as a special education teacher in the New York public school system for 23 years. Sirowitz is the best-selling translated poet in Norway, where Mother Said has been adapted for the stage and turned into a series of animated cartoons.
(Book by Sirowitz, Hal)
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