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"Wormser, a poet, has a miraculous ability to evoke a sense of time and place, and he adeptly conjures a Baltimore 'emphatically below the Mason-Dixon line' with gorgeous prose and thorough scholarship."-Kirkus Reviews "Teach Us That Peace" opens a door on a dramatic American moment when a vision of racial harmony began to be more than a dream. From the summer of 1962, when the powers in Albany, Georgia, stymie Martin Luther King Jr. and aerial photographs first reveal missiles in Cuba, to the March on Washington in August, 1963, Susan and Arthur Mermelstein, mother and son, high school English teacher and high school student, journey from sheltered innocence through the contradictions and complexities of race, politics, and history. With humor, tenderness, and candor "Teach Us That Peace" captures the vivid darkness and fraught determination of a time when apocalypse was tangible and convulsive protest a constant presence. The Baltimore that Susan and Arthur inhabit is supremely local yet any place in the United States where people started to look twice at what they had taken too long for granted. The author of more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Baron Wormser has received the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry and the Kathryn A. Morton Prize along with fellowships from Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Wormser teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and is the Director of Educational Outreach for the Frost Place in Franconia, New Hampshire. He served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2006. He lives with his wife Janet in Cabot, Vermont. Visit the author at www.baronwormser.com
Baron Wormser is the author of nine books of poetry and a poetry chapbook. He is the co-author of two books about teaching poetry and the author of a memoir along with a book of short stories and a novel. He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA program. He also is the Founding Director of Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching in Franconia, New Hampshire. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He served as poet laureate of Maine from 2000 to 2005 and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Maine at Augusta in 2005.