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National Poetry Month: “At the Dry Cleaners” By Yerra Sugarman

The Houston poet reads a poem inspired by a poignant memory from childhood.



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Poet Yerra Sugarman
Poet Yerra Sugarman

Yerra Sugarman is the author of two poetry collections: Forms of Gone and The Bag of Broken Glass. She won the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, the 2005 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Poetry Award and the Poetry Society of America's Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, among other honors. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.

A daughter of Holocaust survivors, Yerra Sugarman grew up in a community of survivors in Toronto, Canada, and that is where her poem, "At the Dry Cleaners," is set.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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