“I assembled my first poetry manuscript at the age of seventeen and later farmed and worked as a blacksmith in my twenties and as an editor before and through my first graduate degree program. In 2016, I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and my short story was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers. I won the 2019 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, second place.
I received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2017. My writing has been published in the Proverse Poetry Prize Anthology, The Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review, The River Heron Review, Kindred Literary Magazine and Broad River Review. I am a literary critic for the New York Journal of Books and the Washington Independent Review of Books and a Graduate Assistant at the MFA in Writing program of VCFA. My fiction manuscript, The Aroma of Light, was a finalist with LSU Press and is currently represented by Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group.
I create visual art as a potter (BruceArlenWassermanStudio.com) where I draw from the reservoir of poetry and my experience in working iron and wood, correlating a continued exploration of language, function and esoteric form. At other times I perform as a musician in a band, train horses on occasion and am a dentist in clinical practice.”