April 7: Yetzirah Book Club—Linda Zisquit

Linda Stern Zisquit has published six full-length collections of poetry, most recently Korah’s Daughter (2022), Return from Elsewhere (2014) and Havoc: New & Selected Poems (2013). Robert Creeley introduced her work in “A Poet’s Sampler,” (Boston Review of Books) in 1993. Her first book, Ritual Bath (1993) has a foreword by Rita Dove. Zisquit’s translations from Hebrew include Wild Light: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach (1997) for which she received an NEA Translation Grant and was shortlisted for the PEN Translation Award; Let the Words: Selected Poems of Yona Wallach (2006); and These Mountains: Selected Poems of Rivka Miriam (2009), a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Poetry. She is Associate Professor (emerita) and for many years was poetry coordinator for the Shaindy Rudoff MA in Creative Writing Program at Bar Ilan University. Born in Buffalo, NY, she has lived in Israel since 1978, where she teaches and runs Artspace, a gallery in Jerusalem representing local artists. Learn more about Linda in our Discover Jewish Poets database.