Poetizing spontaneously without combusting


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Jaffe has been writing since he was eight years old when he first learned he had captured the beauty and impact of words writing “Uncle Larry’s Nature Column” for his camp newspaper. He has used a lot of ink since then. He still carries a small Moleskine notebook in his back pocket to capture those moments of inspiration. But after all those years of analog, he is thinking of switching to being completely digital. His new Samsung S4 is a gadget of creative wizardry and he can dictate or write into it with instant transcription.

Jaffe is an internationally known and an award winning writer, author and poet and founder of Poets Beyond Borders (a group dedicated to human rights and reform) and iSpeax his personal writing forum. Jaffe has been hosting and curating poetry readings for several years while also co-founding Poetix Poetry Magazine (a guide to Southern California Poetry). Additionally, Jaffe was a featured poet for Daimler/Chrysler’s Spirit in the Words poetry program. Jaffe impacts audiences and readers with a rich emotional range, masterfully crafted, written from the heart and soul with clarity and understanding. Jaffe has read his work in such distinguished locations as the Japanese American Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Tolerance, the Jewish Museum and the Museum of Literature in Prague and the Dylan Thomas Centre in Wales.

Jaffe uses the uses the aesthetic power of poetry to bring understanding to the world. He was the 2007 recipient of the Saint Hill Art Festival’s Lifetime of Creativity Award, the first time given to a poet. He is the former poet in residence of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Jaffe spearheaded along with Rattapalax Publisher Ram Devineni the United Nations Dialogue among Civilizations through Poetry project which incorporated hundreds of readings in hundreds of cities globally using the aesthetic power of poetry to bring understanding to the world.

Additionally, Jaffe loves technology and cut his creative teeth writing easy to use owner’s manuals for the professional audio industry. He started playing with personal computers back in the day with Tandy, Commodore and Atari. He went PC instead of Mac because he hated the Mac Chiclet keyboard that just was not properly responsive to his typing skills. For the past 8 years he has been the editor of VIPRE Security News. When that publication was shut down in early 2013, Jaffe decided to create his own publication SOHOsec (SOHOSecurityNews.com) to help small business owners maintain the integrity of their computers and networks.

Writing is his life – he breathes in letters and breathes out words.

3 Responses to About

  1. Hi

    I’m writing on behalf of the Rafto Foundation from Bergen, Norway. This is a human rights organization which hands out a “Rafto prize”, that is, a human rights prize to an organization or a person. You can read about it on our web site http://www.raftohuset.no/

    This year, at the prize ceremony we wish to read a couple of poems, including yours “A Renaissance of Human Rights”. I found the poem on the “Poets for Human Rights”-site, but some information is lacking. My question is if you could email me your name (Larry or Lawrence Jaffe) and the year of publication. You could also email me the poem, so I am sure that I have the poem the way it is supposed to be.

    Thank you so much.

    Eliane Innvær Andersen

    • Larry Jaffe says:

      I am honored to be able to participate in your Awards Ceremony and have sent you a copy of the poem.

  2. Jane Williams says:

    Hi! I teach Freshman Composition at a community college in Arizona. I have my students open their social issues essays with a quote from a poem – and I have a student who is writing about sex trafficking. HOW can I quickly find a poem that would work for her? All I’ve found so far (wonderful but inadequate for her purposes) are snippets from Whitman, something by Sexton … and then I came across your work. Since this is a popular topic with students, I’ll have our library order your book – but I don’t have time for it to arrive. Help??? I thank you in advance for anything at all you can do 🙂

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