Howard Camner


Howard Camner

AVAILABLE NOW!!! Howard Camner's autobiography "TURBULENCE AT 67 INCHES" and his collected poems from 1976 - 2012 "POEMS FROM THE MUD ROOM".
Both can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and bookstores worldwide. Available in hardback, soft cover, and ebook formats.

Turbulence at 67 Inches book launch. Photo by Charles Bernstein

Howard Camner is the author of 17 books of poetry and an autobiography. His works are in the most prominent literary collections in the world, including historical archives in the United States and royal libraries in Great Britain. He is widely published throughout the United States, Great Britain and India. Collections housing his work include the Jacques Doucet Library of Literature, the Saison Poetry Library of the Royal Festival Hall, the Victoria Library at Buckingham Palace, the Queen Mother Library of Meston Walk, the Princeton Poetry Collection, Poetry Ireland, the American Poetry Archives, the Yale Poetry Collection, the Vatican library, the American Jewish Historical Archives, the Elliston Poetry Collection, Poets of the Twentieth Century Collection and the Library of International Literature in Moscow. Sound recordings of his poetry are included in the permanent poetry collection of the Library of Congress. He was nominated for Poet Laureate of Florida in 1980, and has the distinction of having been the youngest poet nominated for a state laureateship. During his years in New York, Camner was the featured performer with the West End Poetry Troupe, an offshoot of the beat poets, headquartered at the famed West End Jazz Club. Concurrently he was a founding member of the Literary Outlaws. Camner often performed in clown makeup backed by members of Duke Ellington's orchestra known as "Ellingtonia". Camner's stage persona became as well known as his poetry, described in Broadway Magazine as "a bittersweet Chaplinesque street character with a lot on his mind". With over 2000 published poems, Camner is recognized as Florida's most widely published poet. He represents the United States in the Poet 2000 Sculpted Library, an international exhibition of the works of contemporary poets. He received the Fine Arts Press Poetry Award in 1988, was recognized by the Library of Congress for his contribution to U.S. cultural arts in 1993, and received the first annual MiPo Literary Award in 2004. Camner was named "Best Poet of 2007" in New Times Newspaper's "Best of Miami" readers poll edition. He was inducted into the Homer Honor Society of International Poets in 1992 and the Parnassus of World Poets in 1994. He has been featured at major literary events including the Cross-Bron-Cross Arts Festival, Miami Book Fair International, the Saint Marks Restoration Readings, the First Planetary Congress, Literary Outlaws at Barnard, Quartetto Poetica, and the Academy of American Poets Reading Series. Poems from the Mud Room was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for 2014. Camner was inducted into the MDC Hall of Fame for Literary Arts in April of 2014.
In other ventures, Camner's original feature film screenplay "Duck Duck Goose" has been placed in the archives of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the comedy television talk show he created and hosted in the 1980s, "Life is a Four Letter Word" was placed in the UCLA Film and Television Archives in 1999. Camner resides in Miami with his wife, daughter, and son.

Marta Braunstein, editor of Cambio Literary Journal writes: "Camner defies the traditional aesthetic concepts of poetry. He targets a world of ideas in a rather active way as opposed to the more passive, meditative aspects found in most poetry. There is a linguistic simplicity to his poems, an almost transparent quality, over a rather complex web of experience and thought. His poetry is life...All you have to do is look...The obvious and not so obvious."