2024 Jewish Poetry Conference: Introduction to a Jewish Poet Panel

July 3, 2024: 3:15-4:30 pm ET
Each panelist will speak about a different Jewish poet who has influenced them through the lens of one of that poet’s poems.

Joanna Chen is a British-born writer and literary translator from Hebrew to English whose full-length translations include Agi Mishol’s Less Like a Dove (Shearsman Books), Yonatan Berg’s Frayed Light (Wesleyan Poetry Series, a finalist for the Jewish National Book Awards) and Meir Shalev’s My Wild Garden (Penguin Random House). Her translation of Hunting in America won the 2023 Paper Brigade Award. Her own poetry and writing has appeared in Poet Lore, Mantis, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Narratively, The Washington Monthly among other publications. Joanna teaches literary translation at the Helicon School of Poetry in Tel Aviv.

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the author of five poetry collections, including The Pinko Commie Dyke with illustrations by Isabel Paul (Indolent Books, 2024), and editor of OutWrite: The Speeches that Shaped LGBTQ Literary Culture, Fire-Rimmed Eden: Selected Poems by Lynn Lonidier, The Complete Works of Pat Parker, and Sister Love: The Letters of Audre Lorde and Pat Parker 1974-1989. Enszer publishes Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal. More at www.JulieREnszer.com.

Carlie Hoffman is the author of three collections of poetry including, One More World Like This World (Four Way Books, 2025), When There Was Light (Four Way Books, 2023), winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and This Alaska (Four Way Books, 2021), winner of the Northern California Publishers & Authors Gold Award in poetry and a finalist for the Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award. She is the translator from the German of White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph (Atelier Éditions, 2023) and Selma Meerbaum Eisinger’s Blütenlese (World Poetry Books / Forthcoming). Her honors include a 92Y “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a Poets & Writers Amy Award and her work has been published in Poetry, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The Slowdown, Los Angeles Review of Books, Kenyon Review, Jewish Currents, New England Review, and elsewhere. Carlie is the founder and editor-in-chief of Small Orange Journal.

Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking home in New York. She is the author of Wolf Lamb Bomb (Orison Books),winner of The Chicago Review of Books Award in Poetry, a New York Times “New and Noteworthy” selection, and a Foreword INDIES Finalist, and The Grammar of God (Spiegel & Grau)a National Jewish Book Award Finalist and Sami Rohr Finalist in nonfiction. She is The Forward’s language columnist and a 2022 National Endowment for the Arts fellow in translation.