Poems & The Poets: Loren Kleinman

 About Loren Kleinman


Loren Kleinman’s poetry appeared in The New York Times, Drunken Boat, The Moth, Domestic Cherry, Blue Lake Review, Columbia Journal (Columbia University), Stony Thursday Anthology (Arts Council Ireland) LEVURE LITTÉRAIRE, Red Sky, Nimrod, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, Writer’s Bloc (Texas A&M University-Kingsville), Journal of New Jersey Poets, Paterson Literary Review (The Poetry Center), Resurgence (UK), HerCircleEzine and Aesthetica Annual. She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize (2003), was a 2000, 2003, and 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee, and was a 2004 Nimrod/Pablo Neruda Prize finalist for poetry.

In 2003, Spire Press (NYC) published her first collection of poetry Flamenco Sketches, which explored the relationship between love and jazz. Kleinman judged the literary entries for the book Alt-History: New Writing from Brighton published by QueenSpark Books (UK). She was also a contributing editor/writer for the Cancer Dancer by Patricia San Pedro. Kleinman is also a columnist for IndieReader.com (IR) where she interviews NYT bestselling indie authors. Many of those interviews in IR reappeared in USA Today and The Huffington Post. Her essays have appeared in Good Housekeeping, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Woman’s Day.

Her second collection of poetry, The Dark Cave Between My Ribs was released in March 2014 (Winter Goose Publishing), and was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Women’s Poetry and chosen as one of the best poetry books of the first half of 2014 by Entropy Magazine. Poems from The Dark Cave were also nominated for the 2015 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of Indie Authors Naked (IndieReader Publishing, 2014), which was an Amazon Top 100 bestseller in Journalism in the UK and USA. Her third collection of poetry Breakable Things released via Winter Goose Publishing March 2015.

Her fourth collection of poetry (prose poems), Stay with Me Awhile, released April 2016 via Winter Goose Publishing and her debut novel, This Way to Forever released with Evatopia Press late August 2016. You can read her interview with Joyce Lamb on USA Today.

She recently finished a memoir The Woman with a Million Hearts published by BlazeVOX, and is currently working on a screenplay called Self, Help.

The Nettles Artists Collective plans to produce a full production of A House of Skin and Bone, inspired by her poetry collection The Dark Cave Between My Ribs. The full production will premiere April/May 2017 at the end of National Poetry Month and the start of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Kleinman recently finished a short film, Suffering Is the Easy Part, which premiered at the Manhattan Film Festival and won the ASIFA EAST award for Best Writing. This short film continues to make its way around the world from India to Italy to New York City, and many, many more locations.

She also co-founded National Translation Month, a month-long celebration of writing in translation during the month of September. Kleinman has a blog The Huffington Post and is a faculty member at New York Writers Worksho.

Listen to her poems: http://lorenkleinman.com

America, the Beautiful

Everything Must Go

. . . and others

Notes: Beside listening to two above poems, you can listen to her other poems by clicking on one of these poems. Then a new window appears, choose the titles of poems to listen. You can also download them if you like with MP3 format.

Shop her books at Amazon

The Woman with a Million Hearts Kindle Edition

Loren Kleinman brings a poet’s sensibility to her captivating memoir that is at once serious and sly, self-deprecating and a powerful declaration of self. Her memoir is less about memory than it is a fine-tuned, near magical consideration of the small details that ultimately make manifest the large passions of her life. Her edgy meditations are a bit like a delicately rendered Lost and Found for the great grab bag of human experience–instantly relatable, brash, intimate and true.
—Rita Gabis, author of A Guest At The Shooters’ Banquet
Nothing is sexier than a woman who has learned to love and respect herself, and that’s why The Woman With a Million Hearts is such a treasure. Kleinman’s powerful journey, told in vignettes, is beautiful and vulnerable and bold and exciting. She’s like the friend you haven’t heard from in a while, and when she calls you immediately ditch your I hate my body/boyfriend/husband/job/life friends and meet her, because she’s not just fun to be with, she’s wise! She’s been through a lot; she’s endured a lot. So, you ask her, how does the self-love thing happen? And she answers No one matters as much as they think they do, not under the stars, under the heavy Milky Way… and you know what, she’s absolutely right! This book belongs on your night table, to be read and re-read.
—Robin Stratton, Boston Literary Magazine
Loren Kleinman’s The Woman with a Million Hearts is a lyrical masterpiece. In this beautiful memoir, Kleinman weaves stories of heartache, pain, healing, and hope into a breathtaking journey told with an honesty that will leave you gasping for air.
—Amye Archer, Fat Girl, Skinny
Loren Kleinman’s memoir, The Woman with a Million Hearts, blurs the line between memoir and poetry as she explores illness, loss, and love in a slim book that makes you understand how to love flawed humanity with tender compassion.
—Karol Nielsen, author of the memoir, Black Elephants, and the poetry chapbook, This Woman I Thought I’d Be
Loren Kleinman is not just an organic expressionist-writer; she’s also comparative to poetic musicians like Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt. A unique and lively young voice filled with splendor!
—Kola Boof, The Sexy Part of the Bible
A daring act of memory in verse that dances in the space between poetry and prose, The Woman with a Million Hearts offers readers an equal number of delights.
—Lisa L. Kirchner, Hello American Lady Creature: What I Learned as a Woman in Qatar
Add one more heart to Loren Kleinman’s The Woman With A Million Hearts. She grabbed mine from the first page and didn’t release me until the last. Ms. Kleinman has written a luscious memoir—rich with expansive language; yet her words adhere to a rigorous economy which distills the essence of her experience to perfection. It is always a testament to a writer when the reader is inspired to go inward and think deeply. Loren Kleinman demands that of the reader, and we are better for it —more forgiving and more loving.
—Marcia Butler, author of the forthcoming memoir, The Skin Above My Knee
A generous and honest work of memoir that reads like poetry, Loren Kleinman’s book will resonate with anyone who’s ever wondered, ‘How can I be saved?
—Susan Breen, author of the Maggie Dove mystery series
A new genre, perhaps more poetry than memoir, Loren Kleinman’s A WOMAN WITH A MILLION HEARTS is a story of an inner life beautifully rendered. The life events that elicit these short pieces belong to the body rather than the mind, and fade in and out, sometimes hinting, sometimes revealing, as if they are happening inside out. Intimate,
yet secretive. Compelling.

—Lynda Schor, author of SEXUAL HARASSMENT RULES, and other books

This Way to Forever Kindle Edition

Sara Brody thought she had met her soulmate in Tad Bolak, a charming exchange student. Their whirlwind romance includes nights staring at the stars, declarations of love, and promises to talk often when Tad must return to his native Poland to complete his Master’s Degree. But Sara’s idealistic view of Tad and plans to be together when he gets his degree come to a shattering halt when he admits to having a fiancee back home.

Heartbroken, she vows to keep her heart safe from men and and focuses on her own studies. Until she meets Ethan.

Sara discovers that no relationship is perfect, especially when one still mourns past loves. Tad never gives up on her. Ethan wants her to give their relationship a chance. And Sara wonders what will become of her sense of self if she gives in to either man.

Indie Authors Naked Kindle Edition

Indie Authors Naked explores and defines the world of independent publishing.

Comprised of a series of essays and interviews by indie authors, booksellers and publishers, readers will get a look at the many aspects of the indie community, where publishing professionals of all types come together with the simple goal of creating something unique; something that speaks directly to the reader, no middleman necessary.

Contributors include: James Franco, Hugh Howey, McNally Jackson Books, Sarah Gerard, OHWOW Books, Raine Miller, David Vinjamuri, Toby Neal, Rachel Thompson, Eden Baylee, Christoph Paul, Jessica Redmerski, Dan Holloway, Orna Ross and more.

 Stay with Me Awhile Paperback – April 6, 2016

Love stays with us far longer than we realize. Loren Kleinman’s Stay with Me Awhile shows how our underlying love for objects, memory, sex, books, and nature have a lasting impact on our everyday lives. As the world decays around us, the only way we can preserve our presence is to stay, embed ourselves in the experience of living deliberately, to look at one another with lasting conviction to be.

The Dark Cave Between My Ribs Paperback – March 12, 2014

After disaster, there is always the possibility to love again. Poet Loren Kleinman invites us to witness snapshots of a complex life-including accounts of abuse, grief, suicide, love, and loss-rendered poetic yet accessible. The Dark Cave Between My Ribs appeals to all who crave an authentic voice that is tangible, unique, and universal.
Loren Kleinman’s poetry is staring you dead in the face and daring you to blink. Not much so stark, has ever dared to be so cleanly beautiful – the lines crisp, the silences their own loud singing. Nothing lets you look away; lets you be left alone. -Roger Bonair-Agard
, Cave Canem fellow
, Two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, 
author of Tarnish and Masquerade-
Loren Kleinman’s poems in The Dark Cave Between My Ribs are explorations of love and loss, longing and passion. Kleinman peels away at the scrim we try to hide behind so we don’t see our own scars or the scars we have inflicted on the world. Her universe is filled with images of the terrible atrocities of concentration camps as well as the one-on-one betrayal of rape. The poet struggles are often rendered in nightmare landscapes, which she runs through in order to reach some semblance of safety and peace. This book is an amazing achievement. -Maria Mazziotti Gillan
, Winner, American Book Award 
& Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers-
In this beautiful collection, Loren Kleinman writes about longing and loving, touch and loss, truth, absence, and ultimately, the soul. The poems are moving, the sentiment naked, and the language irresistible. I’m grateful to have been invited to into this writer’s mind and heart and world. -Beverly Donofrio, author Riding in Cars with Boys-
Loren Kleinman’s The Dark Cave Between My Ribs is as much a keening behind the destructive nature of assault and addiction as it is an instruction for survival itself.  These poems build a raw and unflinching collection that travels across the individual lens to the unspeakable human wreckage of Nazi Death Squads in Lithuania.   The speaker in these poems refuses to dodge grief, to look away. Instead, she proclaims: “Somehow, I’ll know what to do. /touch the skin of this world. /Peel it back.” It is in this stark and brave examination of the physical world that Kleinman reveals a necessary truth for us all. -Sean Nevin, author of Oblivio Gate-
These poems are an intimate look into the heart written with such power.  The Dark Cave Between My Ribs is beautiful, sad, intense and will grab the reader and not let go. Loren Kleinman’s poems capture the dark side of things that happen in life but yet, show such courage in the writing. “I’m  broken winged, a fallen bird on the road” can sum up many of these poems, but that bird survives, rises up and flies. -Gloria Mindock, Editor and Publisher, Červená Barva Press-
Every now and then fate introduces me to a poet whose poetic work captures my attention. Such is the case with regard to poet Loren Kleinman and her new collection of poetry entitled The Dark Cave Between My Ribs. In a world where there is a plethora of published prose poetry, this collection stands out in my mind. I say so because beginning with the first poem, the collection gathers strength, as if a tea kettle filled with water gathering steam. Once the whistle blows, you know you have water ready for tea. I am confident readers of this work will walk away having been emotionally impacted by this collection. More importantly, it feels like it has award-winning quality. That is my hope for this powerful work of poetry by poet Loren Kleinman. -Emmett Wheatfall, author of Bread Widow-

Flamenco Sketches Kindle Edition

Flamenco Sketches breaks through with jazz-like rhythms, including the howl of horns, the guttural bang of drums, quick time change and improvisation. Kleinman takes this “outsider” form of jazz poetry and shows us that the body has many songs. In these sparse, yet revealing poems, you’ll catch yourself singing along and entering her unrehearsed world.

Breakable Things Kindle Edition

After the fracture, after the breaks in the surface, there is always light. Breakable Things is a testament to the idea that everything is breakable, and everything somehow finds its way back together again. Whether it’s past, present, and future; falling in love and out; or darkness and light, life is full of beautiful contrasts. Loren Kleinman presents the world in breakable objects: bones, cabinets, hearts, sexuality, and more. She shows us that broken does not mean damaged, and that it’s a necessary part in the process of becoming a whole person.

See more other poems & poets POEMS & THE POETS

 Her film:

This is a clip from my short film Suffering is the Easy Part.

Loren Kleinman, Writer / Jaime Ekkens, Director

Suffering is the Easy Part is a short, partially animated documentary about trauma, trauma’s aftermath, depression and the healing process. The film is a voice over narrative that chronicles a sexual assault, the crushing silence and depression surrounding survivors afterward, the mental health issues that arise in the wake of trauma and the healing power of art. The story is about how to overcome the worst moments of our lives and ultimately find happiness and success at the end of a dark journey.



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