E.M. Schorb


NYQ Poets


E. M. Schorb attended New York University, where he fell in with a group of actors and became a professional actor. During this time, he attended several top-ranking drama schools, which led to industrial films and eventually into sales and business. He has remained in business on and off ever since, but started writing poetry when he was a teenager and has never stopped. His collection, Time and Fevers, was a 2007 recipient of an Eric Hoffer Award for Excellence in Independent Publishing and also won the “Writer’s Digest” Award for Self-Published Books in Poetry. An earlier collection, Murderer's Day, was awarded the Verna Emery Poetry Prize and published by Purdue University Press. Other collections include Reflections in a Doubtful I, The Ideologues, The Journey, Manhattan Spleen: Prose Poems, 50 Poems, and The Poor Boy and Other Poems.

Schorb's work has appeared widely in such journals as The Yale Review, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Chicago Review, The Sewanee Review, The American Scholar, and The Hudson Review.

At the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2000, his novel, Paradise Square, was the winner of the Grand Prize for fiction from the International eBook Award Foundation, and later, A Portable Chaos won the Eric Hoffer Award for Fiction in 2004.

Schorb has received fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and the North Carolina Arts Council; grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Carnegie Fund, Robert Rauschenberg & Change, Inc. (for drawings), and The Dramatists Guild, among others. He is a member of the Academy of American Poets, and the Poetry Society of America.

Selected Works

"'Chaos' has everything you want in good literature-- poignant writing, drama, and redemption."
—Award Citation, Christopher Klim
During the deep middle of the last century, a lonely young girl, a strong-willed woman, and an obsessively loyal man meet to form a tragic triangle on an Outer Banks desolate island.
Historical Mystery
"A crackling good story told in the compelling, precise prose of a poet."
--Award Citation, Walter Anderson, Publisher, Parade Publications
Noir Thriller
"An addition to the crime fiction canon that tackles the underworld as no other novel has done before."
--Anthony Dauer, Editor, Judas_ezine
Prose Poems
Manhattan Spleen is mighty cool, I think, and if anyone writes better prose poems these days I don't know who they are.
—X.J. Kennedy
“I am always happy to drop everything—pretty nearly—when I make the acquaintance of a poet as good as E.M. Schorb.”
—James Dickey
Schorb has been writing some of the best American poetry for decades.
—Jim Barnes
The Ideologues is an amazing collection. The final poem, "Toward the End," reveals the reason that poetry exists.
—Fred Chappell
Schorb’s work surprises us, delivering wisdom that seems hard-won. It’s a slim volume to cherish and return to again and again.
—X.J. Kennedy
Winner of the Verna Emery Poetry Prize, Purdue University Press