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Who Is This Guy?

Larry Jaffe is an internationally known and an award-winning writer, author, and poet. For his entire professional career, Jaffe has been using his art to promote human rights. He was the poet-in-residence at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, a featured poet in Chrysler’s Spirit in the Words poetry program, co-founder of Poets for Peace and helped spearhead 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. He currently is a Lifetime Beat Poet Laureate and Poet in Residence at the Jack Kerouac House of St. Petersburg.

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. He was the recipient of the Saint Hill Art Festival’s Lifetime of Creativity Award, the first time given to a poet and was past Poet Laureate for Youth for Human Rights, He has six books of poetry: Unprotected Poetry, Anguish of the Blacksmith’s Forge, One Child Sold, In Plain View, 30 Aught 4, Sirens and Man without Borders. Two more books are to be released this coming year: Only the Shadows Breathe (poetry noir) and The Abolitionists Poetry Handbook.

Jaffe impacts audiences and readers with a rich emotional range, masterfully crafted, written from the heart and soul with clarity and understanding. His work has been translated into over a dozen different languages.

Jaffe’s recent human rights activities include workshops and seminars on artist rights, human rights, and human trafficking. Along with James Paul Wagner he is the editor for the Florida Bards poetry book series.

You can find his weekly observations and musings in the OBS Post.


Larry Jaffe is one of the nation’s greatest poets and Poet laureates. Not flattery…just a fact. His works are assembled with Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Last Poets, Haki, Jessica Care Moore, etc., among Malcolm X unpublished poetry writings. ~~ Gregory J. Reed, Curator Malcolm X Autobiography and Unpublicized Chapters

Like all of Larry Jaffe’s poetry, the words are tools to tell the story. He offers hope out of the morass we call life. ONLY THE SHADOWS BREATHE is a unique and heady blend of poetry and detective fiction – poetry noir if you will – and I loved it. ~~ Harlen Coben, Novelist