Jim Haba

As the founding poetry director of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Jim Haba created and developed the foundation’s biennial poetry festival and its extensive Poetry in the Schools Program (1986-2008). He also contributed to many NPR and PBS programs focused on early festivals, including three major PBS series with Bill Moyers. In 1995, he edited the best-selling book The Language of Life, which accompanied two of these series. His work on behalf of the poetry community earned him the Elizabeth Kray Award from Poets House in 2000 and The Paterson Literary Review Award, for lifetime service to literature, in 2011. His own poems earned him a New Poets of the Delaware Valley award (1984) and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (1985). His chapbooks Thirty-One Poems and Love Poems were published in 2006.