SHARON ISRAEL, poet and soprano, has a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from the New School of Social Research.  She was an early recipient of Brooklyn College's Leonard Hecht Poetry Explication Award, and her work most recently appeared in Per Contra, SPANK the CARP, 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly, Medical Literary Messenger and Spry Literary Journal.  Her poem, “Melodrama at the Biograph”was nominated by 5:2 Crime Poetry Weekly for 2016 Best of the Net Anthology (Sundress Publications).   

Her chapbook, Voice Lesson, was recently published by Post Traumatic Press (2017).  Sharon was a local news reporter, feature writer and music critic for Courier-Life publications, Women’s ENews and for the late, lamented Brooklyn Phoenix; she worked as a shoe saleswoman, microbiology lab technician, secretary, had a short stint as a municipal bond salesperson right before the crash of 1987, and worked over two decades as a grant writer and development director. 

Sharon collaborates with composer Robert Cucinotta on works for voice, live instruments, and electronics and has premiered several of his works in New York.  She hosts the radio program, Planet Poet-Words in Space, an edition of the Writer's Voice, on WIOX FM, in Roxbury, New York.




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Lee Slonimsky interviews Sharon Israel

The wonderful poet, my friend, Lee Slonimsky, who has appeared on Planet Poet – Words in Space, graciously agreed to be guest host and interview me on the show. We’ll be talking about my new chapbook, Voice Lesson published by Post Traumatic Press (www.PostTraumaticPress.org).  Lee will also read the poem “Red-Tailed Hawk on Wall Street” from his latest volume, Consulting with the Swifts: New and Selected Poems 1982-2016.