Poet Dennis J. Bernstein is author of the new book, Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom published by NYQ Books. He is also the executive producer and host of Flashpoints, an award-winning daily investigative program on the national listener-sponsored Pacifica Radio network.
Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Color Purple, writes that Special Ed “…is art turned to us through the eyes of love.” Carol Smaldino says in The Huffington Post that the poems remind us how “…we are all connected to the sorrows as well as to the grandness of being human…”
Warren Lehrer, cover designer of Special Ed, co-wrote with Bernstein French Fries and Grrrhhhh: A Study of Social Patterns which belong to the special books collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Louvre. Bernstein also worked closely with the late poet and biographer Muriel Rukeyser and later founded the Muriel Rukeyser Center for the Arts in Brooklyn, New York.
Bernstein is also an award-winning investigative reporter and essayist. His articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Nation, and many other publications. He is the recipient of the Art of Peace Award, the International Service Journalism Award from Friends World College, and six Project Censored awards for investigative reporting. In 2009, Pulse Media named him one of the “20 Top Global Media Figures.”
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