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Hank Kalet
Works at Progressive Populist
Attended Fairleigh Dickinson University
Lived in South Brunswick, NJ
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A gripping set of music
My Time Off piece on The Grip Weeds ' new record and upcoming show in Bordentown is up on the website. On the album, How I Won the War , the band explores conflict as it works toward resolution -- doing so brashly, melodically and with a renewed vigor born ...
My Time Off piece on The Grip Weeds' new record and upcoming show in Bordentown is up on the website. On the album, How I Won the War, the band explores conflict as it works toward resolution -- doing so brashly, melodically ...
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The right to survive
Police raid Tent City in Lakewood in 2012. Photo by Sherry Rubel. Police enter Tent City in Lakewood. Photo by Sherry Rubel. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty issued a report called "No Safe Place" in December that criticized American cities...
Police raid Tent City in Lakewood in 2012. Photo by Sherry Rubel. Police enter Tent City in Lakewood. Photo by Sherry Rubel. The National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty issued a report called "No Safe Place" in December...
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NJ Spotlight: 'Christie Turns Back on NJ Immigrants in Bid for GOP Right, Critics Contend'
My story on Gov. Chris Christie's amicus brief calling on the courts to prevent President Obama's executive order creating a broader deferred action program for unauthorized immigrants from going into effect is available at NJ Spotlight . Send me an e-mail .
My story on Gov. Chris Christie's amicus brief calling on the courts to prevent President Obama's executive order creating a broader deferred action program for unauthorized immigrants from going into effect is available at N...
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New Brunswick to repeal anti-panhandling laws
Back in 2012, when I was spending a lot of time in Tent City in Lakewood, I wrote a piece for In These Times headlined "Evicting the Homeless ." The focus was on Tent City, but it placed the fight between the homeless and the township of Lakewood within the...
Back in 2012, when I was spending a lot of time in Tent City in Lakewood, I wrote a piece for In These Times headlined "Evicting the Homeless." The focus was on Tent City, but it placed the fight between the homeless and the ...
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Here is another chance to debate on my Facebook page. Please join in the kerfuffle. Post by Hank Kalet . Send me an e-mail .
Here is another chance to debate on my Facebook page. Please join in the kerfuffle. Post by Hank Kalet. Send me an e-mail.
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Debating art, the text and race
I invite everyone to comment on this on my Facebook page. Post by Hank Kalet . Send me an e-mail .
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The Menendez conundrum: A problem of succession
The indictment of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges was not unexpected -- we'd been hearing about it for weeks via anonymously sources stories tied to the senator's history of questionable conduct. But it hit yesterday like a bomb. Senate Demo...
The indictment of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez on corruption charges was not unexpected -- we'd been hearing about it for weeks via anonymously sources stories tied to the senator's history of questionable conduct. But it hit ye...
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The poetry of Tracy K. Smith
My story on the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith is on the Princeton Packet site. Send me an e-mail .
My story on the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith is on the Princeton Packet site. Send me an e-mail.
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The face of radio
Heard the news this morning from a friend on Facebook. This is my post on the announcement that the great Vin Scelsa is retiring. I post it here to see if we can get a conversation going about the state of radio. Dear readers, do you still listen to radio? ...
Heard the news this morning from a friend on Facebook. This is my post on the announcement that the great Vin Scelsa is retiring. I post it here to see if we can get a conversation going about the state of radio. Dear readers...
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Excerpt from 'Tent City'
This is an excerpt from the manuscript for Tent City: As an Alien in a Land of Promise, the poem I wrote after spending about a year visiting the homeless encampment in Lakewood. I'll be reading from the manuscript at the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival ...
This is an excerpt from the manuscript for Tent City: As an Alien in a Land of Promise, the poem I wrote after spending about a year visiting the homeless encampment in Lakewood. I'll be reading from the manuscript at the Asb...
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Art, appropriation, Marvin Gaye and morality
Questions of appropriation and copyright are in the air. Sam Smith and his co-songwriters will have to pay Tom Petty royalties for "Stay With Me," his Grammy-winning song, because of its melodic similarity to Petty's "I Won't Back Down." And the estate of M...
Questions of appropriation and copyright are in the air. Sam Smith and his co-songwriters will have to pay Tom Petty royalties for "Stay With Me," his Grammy-winning song, because of its melodic similarity to Petty's "I Won't...
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Why I think the email 'scandal' matters
The Hillary Clinton email saga continues. On one level, this is an overblown scandal -- an excuse for the press to continue with its decades-long fascination with all things Clinton and all things awry in the Clintons' world. That is the argument that Paul ...
The Hillary Clinton email saga continues. On one level, this is an overblown scandal -- an excuse for the press to continue with its decades-long fascination with all things Clinton and all things awry in the Clintons' world...
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Poet, freelance writer, professor of writing
Employment
  • Progressive Populist
    Columnist, 1997 - present
    I write a twice-monthly column on politics and policy.
  • Rutgers University
    Part-time lecturer, 2013 - present
    I teach news writing for the School of Communications & Information.
  • NJ Spotlight
    Economic Correspondent, 2012 - present
    I am a freelance writer who covers issues of economic need and politics.
  • Middlesex County College
    Adjunct Professor, 2009 - present
    I teach composition and rhetoric.
  • Patch
    Regional Editor, 2010 - 2012
    I launched and oversaw six local websites.
  • Princeton Packet
    Managing Editor, 1990 - 2010
  • The Progressive Magazine
    Correspondent, 1997 - 2013
    Correspondent and occasional op-ed writer.
  • The Princeton Packet
    Editor, 1990 - 2010
    I was a reporter, news editor, managing editor, web editor, editorial writer and columnist and member of the editorial board.
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Previously
South Brunswick, NJ - New Brunswick, NJ - Princeton, NJ - State College, Pa. - New York, NY
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Introduction
Poet, journalist, blogger, political columnist, professor of journalism and writing. I live with my wife, Annie, and my dogs in Central Jersey.
Bragging rights
My chapbook, Certainties and Uncertainties, is out from Finishing Line Press.
Education
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Master's in Creative Writing, 2010 - 2013
  • Rutgers University
    Bachelor's in English, 1986 - 1988
  • Middlesex County College
    1985 - 1986
  • Pennsylvania State University
    Liberal Arts, 1980 - 1982
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