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Words Off the Page: An Evening with Jewish American Poets

Wednesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm

Join us for a special evening with prominent poets featured in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. The event includes readings from Elizabeth J. Coleman, Lynn Levin, Hila Ratzabi, Jason Schneiderman, and Hal Sirowitz, and a discussion moderated by Anthology co-editor, Deborah Ager.

Dessert reception with book sale and signing to follow.

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Deborah Ager is co-editor, with M.E. Silverman, of The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. She authored the poetry collection Midnight Voices and co-edited Old Flame: Ten Years of 32 Poems Magazine (2012) with John Poch and Bill Beverly. She is founding publisher of 32 Poems Magazine. Many poems first appearing the magazine have been honored in the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets anthologies and on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily.

Elizabeth J. Coleman is the author of Proof, a poetry collection (Spuyten Duyvil 2014), and Let My Ears Be Open (Finishing Line Press 2013) and The Saint of Lost Things (Word Temple Press 2009), two chapbooks of poems. In 2012, Proof was a finalist for the University of Wisconsin Press’ Brittingham and Pollak prizes. Her work has appeared in the journals Connecticut Review, Raintown Review, 32 Poems, Per Contra, Blueline, and Peregrine, among numerous others. Elizabeth’s poems appear in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, and in the forthcoming Poetry in Medicine: An Anthology of Poems About Doctors, Patients, Illness and Healing (Feb, 2015). Elizabeth is the translator into French of the forthcoming poetry collection Pythagoras In Love (Folded Word Press.)  A 2012 recipient of an MFA in Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Elizabeth has been the featured poetry reader at the "Periodically Speaking Series.”  Elizabeth is an attorney and classical guitarist as well. You can visit Elizabeth at

Lynn Levin is a poet, writer, translator, and teacher. She is the author of six books, most recently a translation from the Spanish, Birds on the Kiswar Tree (2Leaf Press, 2014), a collection of poems by the Peruvian Andean poet Odi Gonzales; Miss Plastique (Ragged Sky Press), a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; and, as co-author, Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets (Texture Press), a 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in education/academic books. Her previous books are Fair Creatures of an Hour, a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in poetry; Imaginarium, a finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s 2005 Book of the Year Award; and A Few Questions about Paradise (all from Loonfeather Press). The recipient of ten Pushcart Prize nominations, Levin has published poems, stories, essays, and translations in Ploughshares, Boulevard, The Hopkins Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cleaver, Washington Square Review, Verse Daily, and Garrison Keillor has read her work on his radio show The Writer’s Almanac. In addition to The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Levin’s work is also anthologized in The Torah: A Women's Commentary (URJ Press, 2008). She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Her website is

Hila Ratzabi was selected by Adrienne Rich as a recipient of a National Writers Union Poetry Prize, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and received an Amy Award. She was a finalist in the Narrative Fifth Annual Poetry Contest (2013). She is the author of the chapbook The Apparatus of Visible Things (Finishing Line Press). Her poetry is published in The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, Drunken Boat, The Normal School, H_NGM_N, Cortland Review, and others. She is the editor-in-chief of Storyscape. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in Philadelphia where she founded the Red Sofa Salon & Poetry Workshop.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of the poetry collections Sublimation Point and Striking Surface. He is the Poetry Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review, and Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.

Hal Sirowitz is the author of six books of poetry, Mother Said, My Therapist Said (Crown/Random House), Father Said, Before, During & After (Soft Skull Press) and Stray Cat Blues (Backwaters Press) which was recently awarded the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry. His work has been translated into thirteen languages including Icelandic, Turkish, and Macedonian. Garrison Keillor has read his work on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac and he has included Hal’s poems in his anthologies, Good Poems and Good Poems for Hard Times. Hal has performed and appeared on MTV’s Spoken Word Unplugged, PBS’s Poetry Heaven, NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS’s The United States of Poetry and Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, Hal is the former Poet Laureate of Queens, New York.

Event type:Books & Writers, Lectures & Discussions