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Hugh Seidman was born in Brooklyn, NY. His poetry has won several awards including the 2004 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press (Western Michigan University) for his sixth poetry collection, SOMEBODY STAND UP AND SING (2005).

Seidman's other awards include two New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) grants (2003, 1990), a New York State Creative Artists Public Service (CAPS) grant (1971), and three National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) fellowships (1985, 1972, 1970).

His first book, COLLECTING EVIDENCE (Yale University Press), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize (1970); his fourth book, PEOPLE LIVE, THEY HAVE LIVES (Miami University Press, Oxford, OH), was judged the winner of the Camden Poetry Award (Walt Whitman Center for the Arts) [1990].

Seidman's SELECTED POEMS: 1965-1995 received a 1995 Critics' Choice "Best Books" citation and was chosen as one of the "25 Favorite Books of 1995" by The Village Voice. His other books are: THRONE/FALCON/EYE (Random House) [1982] and BLOOD LORD (Doubleday) [1974]. A chapbook, 12 VIEWS OF FREETOWN, 1 VIEW OF BUMBUNA (Half Moon Bay Press), was published in 2003.

Seidman has taught writing at the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Columbia University, the College of William and Mary, the New School University, and several other institutions.