The work of the artist MOMO is the inspiration for Huge Shoes Poetry. MOMO lives in San Francisco, and for many years has used found and donated materials for his drawings and paintings. The one featured here is the first MOMO I transplanted to New York, and every day it moves and inspires me. Huge Shoes Poetry hosts a salon in downtown Manhattan, featuring the work of emerging poets, and an open mic. My dream is for Huge Shoes Poetry to offer writing workshops. This site is also the home for my poetry.
Janlori Goldman received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and teaches at Columbia University. Her first manuscript was a finalist for the Alice James Kinereth Gensler Award, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry from California State University, the ABZ First Book Prize, and Crab Orchard Review’s Open Competition. In 2013, Gerald Stern chose her poem “At the Cubbyhole Bar” for the Jewish Currents Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize.
Janlori hosts the Huge Shoes Poetry Salon in downtown Manhattan, bringing together two poets to read and discuss their work, followed by an open mic.
Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Gwarlingo, The Cortland Review, Calyx, Mudlark, The Sow’s Ear, Connotation Press, The Mom Egg, Four and Twenty, and, Contrary. She co-edited the anthology, For the Crowns of Your Heads: Poems for Haiti, available with a $20 donation to Bibliotheque du Soleil, a community library and cultural center in Port au Prince. The library was destroyed during the 2010 earthquake (available directly from me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or other co-editers).
Janlori is also a lawyer, with decades of experience as a civil rights advocate, specializing in privacy and health. She co-founded the Center for Democracy and Technology in 1994, and founded and directed the Health Privacy Project in 1998. She teaches public health law and ethics at Columbia Law School, and has taught courses in narrative medicine, health advocacy, and human rights.
Janlori volunteers as a poet mentor through Visible Ink, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s writing program.