2024 Jewish Poetry Conference: Tuesday Fellows & Faculty Reading

July 2, 2024: 8-9:30 pm ET

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.

David Caplan is the author of two poetry collections, In the World He Created According to His Will (University of Georgia Press) and Into My Garden (Ben Yehuda Press), as well as several monographs and critical studies of poetry, including Rhyme’s Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture and Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form (both with Oxford University Press). His third poetry collection, North Shore is forthcoming with Ben Yehuda Press. He is the Daisy Deane Frensley Chair in English Literature at Southern Methodist University. His honors include the Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review and two Fulbright Lectureships.

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.

Owen Lewis is the author of three collections of poetry and three chapbooks, most recently Knock-knock. Field Light, was a Distinguished Favorite, 2020 NYCBigBook Award and a 2021 “Must Read”, Mass Book Awards. best man was the recipient of the Jean Pedrick Chapbook Prize of the New England Poetry Club. Recent prizes include the 2023 Guernsey International Poetry Prize and the 2023 Rumi Prize for Poetry/Arts & Letters. He is also recipient of the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. At Columbia University he is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics and teaches Narrative Medicine.

Dana Levin is the author of five books poetry. Her latest is Now Do You Know Where You Are (Copper Canyon), a 2022 New York Times Notable Book and NPR “Book We Love.” She is a grateful recipient of honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, and the Library of Congress, as well as from the Rona Jaffe, Whiting, and Guggenheim Foundations. With Adele Elise Williams, she co-edited Bert Meyers: On the Life and Work of an American Master (2023) for the Unsung Masters Series. Levin teaches for the Bennington Writing Seminars, the MFA program at Bennington College, and serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.