Harry Newman’s plays and poetry often involve questions of justice and the effects of power on individuals and society.
His collection, Led from a Distance, published by Louisiana Literature Press, is a sequence of political poems, exploring the moral and emotional consequences of years of war fought far from us and mediated mainly through screens, when seen at all. His poetry has appeared widely in literary journals. Examples can be found online at Ecotone, Rattle, Asheville Poetry Review, and Warscapes.
Newman’s plays have been produced and workshopped at the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, the Public Theater, the Cincinnati Playhouse, the Guggenheim Works & Process series, and many other theaters across the U.S., as well as in Europe. They include The Occupation, Dry Time, The Dark, and a translation of Patrick Süskind’s The Double Bass.
Press and Media:
"Led from a Distance," (review), The Rumpus, Dec. 2016
"How We Fail to Humanize War," The PBS NewsHour, July 2017
Reading at Cornelia Street Cafe, NY (video), March 2018