F254. Between the Margins and Mainstream: Liminal Spaces of Jewish American Literature

A103-104, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


For many American Jews, being “Jewish” is not a religious nor an ethnic signifier; Jewish Americans have diverse conceptions of marriage, gender, culture, and spiritual practice. While Jewish identity remains, it is not easily classifiable in social or literary spheres. How does this anomalous position play out in contemporary Jewish American literature? This panel of Jewish-identified writers and performers will address how they and others have grappled with an increasingly elusive identity.



Aaron Tillman is the author of the short story collection Every Single Bone in My Brain and the book of critical nonfiction, Magical American Jew. He is Associate Professor of English and Director the Honors Program at Newbury College.

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up and The Biology of Luck. His stories have been published in more than two hundred literary journals including Virginia Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, and Subtropics; a collection is forthcoming.

Molly Antopol is author of The UnAmericans, which won a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Berlin Prize, the French-American Prize, among others; and was longlisted for the National Book Award. She teaches at Stanford University.

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar. She is the author of Divinity School (selected by C.D. Wright for the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize) and Fruit Geode

Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Holy Moly Carry Me, Copia, and Ideal Cities, which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. She is an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she directs the MFA and undergraduate programs in creative writing.


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