October 15: Yetzirah Book Club—BERT MEYERS, with Levin, Simon, Singer
Dana Levin’s fifth book is Now Do You Know Where You Are (Copper Canyon Press), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Lannan Literary Selection. Recent books include Banana Palace and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Levin is a grateful recipient of many honors, including those from the Library of Congress and the Guggenheim Foundation. Levin serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University, St. Louis. Visit Dana’s profile in Yetzirah’s Discover Jewish Poets database.
Maurya Simon has published ten volumes of poetry, including The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016, nominated in 2018 for Pulitzer Prize, and her novel-in-verse, The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome & St. Paula. Her sixth volume, Ghost Orchid, was a 2004 National Book Award nominee. Simon has received an NEA in Poetry and awards from the Poetry Society of America and the Academy of American Poets. She has served multiple residencies at the American Academy in Rome and at The MacDowell Colony. Simon’s work has been translated into Farsi, Spanish, and French. She taught literature and creative writing at the University of California, Riverside for nearly thirty years and now serves as a Professor of the Graduate Division and Professor Emerita. Maurya Simon divides her time in California between San Clemente and Mt. Baldy, which is located in the Angeles National Forest of the San Gabriel Mountains. Visit Maurya’s profile in Yetzirah’s Discover Jewish Poets database.
Sean Singer is the author of Discography (Yale University Press, 2002), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; Honey & Smoke (Eyewear Publishing, 2015); and Today in the Taxi (Tupelo Press, 2022). He runs a manuscript consultation service at www.seansingerpoetry.com. Visit Sean’s profile in Yetzirah’s Discover Jewish Poets database.