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Ira Wolfman

New York, New York, United States


I am an editor, author, and information architect working with media companies
and nonprofit organizations. Much of my work has involved creating educational and
child-development media for families, teachers, and students.

I've written books for adults and for children. My books include "Jewish New York: Notable
Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments," published by Universe/Rizzoli.
I've published three books with Workman Publishing, including an interactive
introduction to geography, "My World and Globe." and
"Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Offline Genealogy for Kids" and other beginners —
which was a second edition of a book I originally wrote in 1991. Nearly
800,000 copies of my books are currently in print.

In addition to my writing career, I run my own consulting business, POE
Communications, which specializes in creating exciting print, digital, and educational
materials for media companies and non-profit organizations. My clients have included
Manhattan Media/Avenue Magazine, Readers Digest/Young Families, AARP/My
Generation Magazine, Cranium Game Company, Chamber Music America, National
Parenting Association, Work in America, and many others.

I deliver high-quality advice in content-development, business strategy
and design for print and online media, with a team of editors, writers, and designers with
experience developing more than 100 highly profitable custom publications, a number of
which have won journalism and education awards.

My personal background includes more than 20 years in the magazine business. I was
Publisher and Editor in Chief of six magazines for parents, children, and teachers at
Children''s Television Workshop. Prior to holding those jobs, I was Editor in Chief of
Sesame Street Parents, a parenting magazine with more than 1 million readers, and
founding editorial director of Padres de Sesame Street, a Spanish-language quarterly
publication for Latino families. My writing has been published by Readers Digest, Travel
and Leisure, Spy, Ms., Family Circle, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Child, The New
York Times, NY Daily News Sunday Magazine, and many others.

For eight years, I was Senior Vice President, Editorial, at Weekly Reader Publishing.
There, I oversaw our groundbreaking digital content, 11 high-quality magazines, and other
innovative materials used in American classrooms. After Weekly Reader was acquired in
June 2012 by Scholastic, I have focused on consulting work and my POE clients.

Contact me and POE Communications at, or at 917-319-6522.

Interests: Family and parenting; genealogy and history; travel; male-female relations; New York City; Jews and Judaism.

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Jewish New York: Notable Neighborhoods and Memorable Moments
  • Climbing Your Family Tree: Online and Off-line Genealogy for Kids (and Other Beginners)
  • My World and Globe (revised edition)
  • Do People Grow on Family Trees