Ed Frankel was born in Philadelphia in 1945 and became involved seriously with poetry in his early twenties at the Artists’ Workshop in Detroit. He earned a B.A. from Antioch University and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Ed divides his time between his home in rural Sonoma County and in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing as a faculty member of the UCLA English Department Writing Programs. As adjunct faculty at Antioch University Los Angeles, he teaches writing, literature, poetry, and creative nonfiction for the B.A. and M.F.A. Programs.
In 1986 and 1991, Ed co-authored the first and second editions of The Course of Ideas, a college reading and writing text published by Harper Collins. His essay “In the Lap of the Angel of History: A Memoir” will be included in Cesar Chavez and the Farmworker Movement, 1962-1993, Sal Si Puede Press. The essay was excerpted in the textbook, Eyewitness to Texas History by Almarez et al. It can be found on the FarmWorker Documentation Project web site.
Ed’s poetry has appeared in Fugue, Pearl, The Dogwood Journal of Poetry and Prose, Nimrod, The Kennesaw Review, New Millennium Writings, Pedestal, The Little Red Tree Anthology, The Breadline Anthology and others. His chapbook, When The Catfish Are In Bloom: Requiem for John Fahey was released in November, 2008 by Finishing Line Press. This chapbook can be ordered directly through Finishing Line Press or download a print order form here. Ed’s chapbook, People of the Air, is available from New American Press. Both books are available on Amazon.
Ed was shortlisted for the Strokestown International Poetry Festival Prize 2011 in Ireland, where he recently read; he won first place prizes/awards in the 2010 Little Red Tree International Poetry Competition; the 2009 New Millennium Poetry Competition; the 2008 New American Press Chapbook Competition; the 2006 Winning Writers War Poetry Competition; the Hackney National Poetry Competition 2006; and the 2003 Confluence Poetry Competition. He was nominated twice for the Pushcart Best of the Small Presses Poetry Prize and the California Book Award.
• Interview and reading on March 26, 2012: March 26, 2012
• Reading for Two Hawks Quarterly, AULA : A Literary Uprising
• Interview and reading at KPFK, featuring work from Ed’s chapbook: When The Catfish Are In Bloom: Requiem for John Fahey: KPFK interview and reading
Ed also gave a reading at UCLA, click here to learn more and to listen to a recording.