Portrait of Jason Schneiderman by artist Don Barchardy
portrait by Don Bachardy
sugar is smoking

it’s amazing how death
is always around the corner,
or not even so far away
as that, hiding in the little pleasures
that some of us would go
so far as to say
are the only things
keeping us alive

About Jason Schneiderman

Jason Schneiderman is the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight (Red Hen Press 2020), Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize; Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010), winner of the Richard Snyder Prize, and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004), a Stahlecker Selection. He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2015).

His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House.

He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Hermitage, and The Fulbright Foundation. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004, and the Jerome J. Shestack Prize in 2016.

You can hear him on the podcast Painted Bride Quarterly Slush Pile, where he and the other editors discuss and vote on submissions for the magazine. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he directs the Honors Program. He also teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

“Jason Schneiderman’s poems are rife with a dark and gorgeous intelligence. If I compare them to a razor in an apple, please understand that I mean both the razor and the apple.”

Michael Cunningham, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Click to purchase the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of APR

November/December 2021, Vol 50 No. 6

In the End You Get Everything Back & Other Poems

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Click to purchase the July/August 2022 issue of APR

July/August 2022, Vol 51 No. 4

A History and Theory of the Line in English Language Poetry

Issue Highlights

Poetry & Essays

Jason Schneiderman’s Hold Me Tight is a tour de force of risk and vulnerability. The images that populate this book—from wolves to submarines—show how every story we’ve ever been told (every fairy tale heard, every movie watched) becomes an internalized part of our reality. And that reality is made all the more real when we can talk about it.

Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition

Other ways to catch Jason


Rachel Zucker and Jason chat in Episode 95 of Zucker’s Commonplace Podcast.

PBQ Podcast

Catch Jason with Kathleen Volk Miller and Marion Wrenn on the Painted Bride Quarterly podcast.


Jason hosts and takes part in poetry events in and around Brooklyn, NY and online.

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Contact info

You can reach Jason by email: jschneiderman at gmail.com