Last week, Diode author Jared Harél read poetry and shared signed copies of his book Go Because I Love You with senior residents, caretakers and essential workers of Atria on Roslyn Harbor in a socially-distant reading made possible by Temple Beth Sholom synagogue and school. The event was part of a wider community service grant implemented by Temple Beth Sholom, which also featured hands-on programming with readings, cooking, music, & technology. Check out the photos from the book signing below!
Go Because I Love You, the debut poetry collection by Jared Harél, is a book of arrivals and departures. It is about childhood and parenthood, desire and obligation, about who we love and how we stay. Through a series of poems which interweave the domestic and daily with the political and historical, Harél crafts a portrait of 21st-century American life that is humorous, haunting and utterly human.
Jared Harél has been awarded the ‘Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize’ from American Poetry Review, as well as the ‘William Matthews Poetry Prize’ from Asheville Poetry Review. Additionally, his poems have appeared in such journals as the Bennington Review, Massachusetts Review, The Southern Review, and Tin House. Harél teaches writing at Nassau Community College, plays drums, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two kids.