Yetzirah Events Archive

Contemporary Jewish Poets 
March 9, 2023

During the 2023 AWP Conference in Seattle, this offsite event featured six Jewish poets spanning multiple generations, backgrounds, and aesthetics: Dan Alter, Lauren CampChanda Feldman, Erika Meitner, Alicia Ostriker, Eden Pearlstein, and Alicia Jo Rabins. With co-hosts Jessica Jacobs, founder and executive director of Yetzirah, and Tom Haviv, co-founder and publisher of Ayin Press. Welcome from Rabbi Kate Speizer.

Co-sponsored by Yetzirah & Ayin Press

A Reading & Conversation with Joy Ladin
February 8, 2023

Introduced by Yetzirah founder Jessica Jacobs, Joy discussed and read from her most recent collection Shekhinah Speaks (Selva Oscura, 2022).

Co-sponsored by Yetzirah & the Jewish Theological Seminary

Not for myself alone: Creating & Sustaining Jewish Literary Communities November 6, 2022

In this fraught time, what do we need in the way of community? What can we share to encourage and inspire each other? Despite a strong presence in the literary world, forums for contact and support among American Jewish writers are limited. David Ebenbach of the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown; Hila Ratzabi of, an online community devoted to ritual, poetry, and liturgy; and Rick Chess, treasure of Yetzirah, will explore how to respond to the opportunities and challenges of this moment, with a chance for audience input.

2022 Jewish Book Council Writers’ Conference Panel