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The son of one great musician (pianist Jakob Gimpel) and nephew of another (violinist Bronislaw Gimpel), Peter Gimpel absorbed early on a love for music which proved later to be a major influence in his writing.
Encouraged by Marta Feuchtwanger and Henry Miller, Gimpel turned to writing in earnest while completing his formal education in Italy.
Returning to California, Gimpel served as a Post Graduate Research Classicist on the TLG (Thesaurus Linguae Graecae) at UC Irvine, where he produced the first comprehensive bibliography-containing more than 500 items-of Philodemus, the Epicurean philosopher whose work is known mainly from carbonized papyrus fragments.
While studying law at Loyola-Marymount University (J.D. 1984), Gimpel began the challenging task of organizing his father's and uncle's papers and collecting and preserving master tapes of their performances, broadcasts and commercial recordings.
As curator of the emerging Jakob & Bronislaw Gimpel Archives, he founded the Leonore Library of Musical Masters, a commercial enterprise dedicated to keeping his father's and uncle's extensive catalogue of recordings in circulation.
An advocate for scholarship and education in the humanistic tradition, Peter Gimpel is also the founder and director of Red Heifer Press, a publishing enterprise devoted to works of exceptional interest and merit in the humanities and literature, as well as to Torah and Judaica.
Increasingly disturbed by his own alienation from Jewish life and culture, Peter had already begun, in 1988, to seek out the Jewish heritage of his grandparents.
Determined to integrate his humanistic education with a new life of Torah observance and study, he published a selection of his poems, produced during the years of transition and conflict.
The collection, Twilight with Halfmoon Rising, received outstanding reviews in the Jewish Press, which hailed Gimpel as "A major Jewish poet in our midst-but major!
and "a rare breed among contemporary poets".
Indeed, Gimpel has kept himself aloof from current poetic trends and fashions, preferring a more classical rigor of form.
His poems characteristically combine a rich contemporary diction with a complex rhetoric of logic, metaphor and allegory.
Of his aspirations as a writer, Gimpel confesses, "Ever since I read Hermann Hesse's The Bead Game as a boy, I wanted to write a story as if it were music.
"I couldn't believe it," recalled Red Heifer Press publisher Peter Gimpel, as he welcomed the author to the landmark L.A. bookstore.
"Here was a manuscript sent to me under DVM stationery, and it was absolutely outstanding!
I knew I had to publish it.
This man has the makings of a great writer.
Gimpel opened the event by urging listeners how vitally important it is to support independent bookstores and independent publishers.
"I am not a vanity press," he emphasized.
The Red Heifer is just back from a week in Kamloops, B.C. where founder/publisher Peter Gimpel attended the November 1 launching of Rumours of Bees, an art book of paintings and poems inspired by . . . Bees!Poet Alexander Forbes reads from Rumours of Bees as Peter Gimpel, and Susan Forbes listen attentively before a backdrop of Tricia Sellmer's "Swarm" series.
Peter Gimpel addresses Kamloops Museum guests and patrons at Rumours of Bees exhibit opening and booklaunch
Cuyler Page, the Museum's visionary Curator and principal architect of the exhibit, gratefully acknowledged the spontaneous cooperation of the many different sectors who enthusiastically welcomed his interdisciplinary efforts.
Peter Gimpel spoke of his long literary friendship with poet Forbes, of his admiration for the friendly civic and cultural spirit of the City of Kamloops, and noted how the launching of the "Birds & Bees" exhibit coincided with the traditional date for the launching of Noah's Ark.
Peter Gimpel read selections from his collection, Twilight with Halfmoon Rising, along with some unpublished poems.
enroute to Vancouver airport with publisher, Peter Gimpel.
Peter Gimpel announcing two new books.Peter Gimpel reads from
Professor Gansa's Dream
at Dutton's Brentwood Books
Sunday, May 4, 2003 marked the official inauguration of two new titles from Red Heifer Press.
Publisher and poet Peter Gimpel opened the event by introducing Mervyn Nicholson's 13 Ways of Looking at Images, a landmark work that virtually opens up an amazing new of field of literary investigation.Gimpel stood in for author Nicholson, who is Professor of English Literature at University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, B.C., and was, alas, detained by academic duties.Gimpel then read from and signed copies of his latest work, Professor Gansa's Dream, a verse parable in which a Carl-Sagan-like character is hilariously--and meticulously--taken to task for his questionable logic and extra-scientific agendas.
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