2023 Inaugural Conference: Wednesday Fellows & Faculty Reading

Jessica Greenbaum’s third book, Spilled and Gone, was chosen by the Boston Globe as a Best Book for 2021. She also a co-editor of Tree Lines: 21st century American Poems (Grayson, 2022), and the first ever poetry haggadah, Mishkan HaSeder (CCAR, 2021). A recipient of awards from the NEA and the Poetry Society of America, she teaches inside and outside academia, including, for over eight years, at Central Synagogue where she pairs the teaching of traditional Jewish text with contemporary poems. 

Judith Baumel is a poet, critic and translator. She is Professor Emerita of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Italy, the president of The Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the director of The Poetry Society of America. Her books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers, for which she won The Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, Now, The Kangaroo GirlPasseggiate and Thorny.

Yehoshua November is the author of two poetry collections, God’s Optimism (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and Two Worlds Exist (a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize). His work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Sun, VQR, and on National Public Radio, Poetry Unbound, and A Life of Greatness.  November teaches writing at Rutgers University and Touro University.

Sharon Dolin is the award-winning author of seven books of poetry, most recently Imperfect Present. She is also the author of Hitchcock Blonde: A Cinematic Memoir, and two poetry books in translation from Catalan, most recently Late to the House of Words: Selected Poems by Gemma Gorga, winner of the Malinda A Markham Translation Prize and shortlisted for the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize. An NEA Fellowship recipient, Fulbright Scholar, Pushcart Prize Winner, and recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, Dolin is Associate Editor of Barrow Street Press and lives and teaches in New York City.

Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, former USSR and came to USA in 1993 when his family was granted asylum by the American government. He is the author of Dancing in Odessa (Tupelo) and Deaf Republic (Graywolf) as well as co-editor of Ecco Anthology of International Poetry (Harper Collins), Homage to Paul Celan (Marick) and many other books. He has also translated books by Marina Tsvetaeva, Polina Barskova, Boris and Ludmila Khersonsky, among others. His work has received The Los Angeles Times Book Prize, The Guggenheim Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ilya Kaminsky’s faculty position and reading generously sponsored by Anne Germanacos and the Firehouse Fund in honor of the LABA Global Taboo Cohort.