Bruce Arlen Wasserman assembled his first poetry manuscript with a typewriter on the kitchen table when he was seventeen. “The free verse of that work used rhythm to portray a harsh-edged city contrasted with the soft, lush features of natural elements,” he says. As a young man, he farmed and worked as a blacksmith in northern Minnesota, building his own blacksmith shop from the ground up using sawmill slabs and discarded poles. He drove a tractor-trailer in college, edited professional journals, wrote as a freelance journalist and is a dentist. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a semi-finalist for the Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers, a semi-finalist for the Proverse Prize and won theAnna Davidson Rosenberg 2019 Poetry Award. His book, The Broken Nightublished by Finishing Line Press in 2022.
Bruce received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is a literary critic for the New York Journal of Books and his writing has been published in the Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, The River Heron Review, Kindred Literary Magazine, Broad River Review, Cathexis Northwest Press, High Shelf Literary Magazine and Washington Independent Review of Books. He has produced poetry shows to raise funds for nonprofits in Colorado and Wyoming. Beyond writing, Bruce creates visual art as a potter at Bruce Arlen Wasserman Studio, where he draws from a reservoir of poetry and his experience in working iron and wood, correlating a continued exploration of language, function and esoteric form.