S190. Jewish Women Writers Confront Identity

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In this panel, female Jewish poets and prose writers discuss how identity shapes their work. The writers explore how historical and current events, specifically ones that have impacted Jews, enter their writing, including recent rises in antisemitism and racism. The panelists consider how their experiences as Jews enter into their poems and stories, both politically and personally.



Elizabeth Powell is author of two books of poems, Willy Loman's Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances and The Republic of Self. The former was chosen as a "Books We Love 2016" at the New Yorker and a Small Press Distribution Poetry Bestseller. She is Associate Professor at Johnson State College.

Jamie Wendt is the author of the poetry collection Fruit of the Earth. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. Her poems, book reviews, and essays have been published in a variety of journals. She teaches and lives in Chicago.

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of several poetry collections, most recently The New Nudity, Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and Fountain and Furnace. She is also coauthor of Writing Poems, eighth edition. Bar-Nadav is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Irina Reyn is the author of the novels The Imperial Wife and What Happened to Anna K, as well as the anthology Living on the Edge of the World: New Jersey Writers Take on the Garden State. She teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Simone Zelitch teaches at Community College of Philadelphia where she founded their Creative Writing Certificate. She is the author of five novels including Louisa, an adaptation of the Book of Ruth, and most recently Judenstaat, set in a Jewish state established in Germany in 1948.


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