A Tribute to Irena Klepfisz

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


Respected poets and scholars celebrate the contributions of Irena Klepfisz who will then read from her work. Klepfisz’s poetry is a fierce wave of truth graced with illuminating linguistic innovations, unafraid to engage with difficult themes: the brutal deaths in the Shoah, the unending Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the darkest moment of an immigrant’s journey. Klepfisz is a unique link between the Holocaust, the Yiddish revival, Jewish support for Palestinian human rights, and lesbian love.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP-Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Kronfeld-Paper.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: Prattt-Notes.docx



Minnie Bruce Pratt's poetry has received the Lamont Poetry Selection of the Academy of American Poets, the ALA Gay and Lesbian Book Award, a Lambda Literary, and a Publishing Triangle Award. Crime Against Nature, on her relationship with her sons as a lesbian mother, was a New York Times Notable Book.

Chana Kronfeld translated with Chana Bloch Amichai’s Open Closed Open (PEN Translation Prize) and The Collected Poetry of Dahlia Ravikovitch. She coedited and translated Harshav's Collected Poetry from Yiddish into Hebrew and won the Akavyahu Lifetime Achievement Award for research on Hebrew and Yiddish poetry.

Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, and AIDS historian. Her 20th book is Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP New York, 1987–1993, and prior to that: Maggie Terry, a novel of murder and intrigue published by The Feminist Press.

Irena Klepfisz is a lesbian poet, activist, essayist, Yiddishist, and Yiddish translator. Her poetic themes include immigration to the US, office work, the Isaeli-Palestinian conflict, coming out, and bilingualism. Wesleyan UP is publishing Her Birth and Later Years: New and Selected Poems 1971-2021.

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the author of Avowed, Lilith's Demons, Sisterhood, and Handmade Love. She is the editor of The Complete Works of Pat Parker and Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry; both were finalists for a Lammy. Enszer is the editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom.


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