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Jewish Poetry Salon
Jewish Poetry Salon

Thu, Sep 07


Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse

Jewish Poetry Salon

An evening of wide-ranging, compelling poetry that demonstrates diversity and depth in Jewish poetry written today. Featuring: Lauren Camp, Elizabeth Jacobson, and Maia H. Katz, Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Hilda Raz, and Miriam Sagan,

Date, Time & Location

Sep 07, 2023, 6:00 PM

Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse, 202 Galisteo St, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

About the Event

This will be an in-store event and live streamed to Zoom, register here for Zoom.

Each of the poets who have published works will be signing books.

Poetry enthusiasts from all backgrounds are invited to come together for a mesmerizing reading and engaging conversation with the six featured talented poets. This special gathering finds inspiration from Yetzirah, a nonprofit literary organization committed to nurturing and empowering a community space for Jewish poets. Join us and be part of this enriching salon, celebrating the artistry of local contemporary Jewish poetry.

About the Poets

Lauren Camp

New Mexico Poet Laureate Lauren Camp is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently An Eye in Each Square (River River Books, 2023) and Worn Smooth Between Devourings (NYQ Books 2023). Honors include a Dorset Prize and finalist citations for the Arab American Book Award, the Housatonic Book Award, and the Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. In 2022, she was Astronomer in Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. Lauren is the recipient of fellowships from Denver Botanic Gardens, The Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities and Black Earth Institute. She was a visiting writer at the Mayo Clinic, and artist in residence at Lowell Observatory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Missouri Review, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day. Her work has been translated into Turkish, Mandarin, Serbian, Arabic and Spanish. She teaches for Poetry Out Loud-New Mexico and leads her own community workshops.

Elizabeth Jacobson

Elizabeth Jacobson was the fifth Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico and an Academy of American Poets 2020 Laureate Fellow.  Her most recent book, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, won the New Measure Poetry Prize, selected by Marianne Boruch, (Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press, 2019), and the 2019 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for both New Mexico Poetry and Best New Mexico Book. Her other books include Her Knees Pulled In (Tres Chicas Books, 2012), two chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, Are the Children Make Believe? and A Brown Stone, and Everything Feels Recent When You’re Far Away, Poetry and Art from Santa Fe Youth During the Pandemic (Axle Books, 2021), which she co-edited. Her poems have been published in many publications including the American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Plume, the Los Angeles Review, and her community projects have received eight consecutive grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. Elizabeth is the reviews editor for the on-line literary journal, and she teaches poetry workshops regularly in Santa Fe, often in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arts and the public library.

Maia H. Katz

A 2023 Santa Fe Youth Poet Laureate, Maia Hillock-Katz will be a senior at Santa Fe High School in the fall. Maia turned to poetry not only to express thoughts but also passions and words for change, using the power of language to give voice to what can't speak, reach the minds and hearts of many and cross environmental, social and political divides. In line with her training now through the Santa Fe County Fire Department, alongside her aspirations to pursue emergency medical services, she hopes to dedicate part of her future to intertwining both the arts and sciences to shape an interconnected world.

Michelle Laflamme-Childs

Hilda Raz 

Hilda Raz has published fourteen books, the most recent LETTER FROM A PLACE I’VE NEVER BEEN:  NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS, ed. Kwame Dawes, critical introduction by John Kinsella, and LIST & STORY, poems.  She is the editor of the Mary Christiansen Burrett Poetry Series, University of New Mexico Press and the poetry editor and co-publisher of Bosque Press.  She lives in Placitas, New Mexico with Dale Nordyke.

Miriam Sagan

Miriam Sagan is the author of over thirty books of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Her most recent include Castaway (Red Mountain, 2023) and A Hundred Cups of Coffee (Tres Chicas, 2019). She is a two-time winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards as well as a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and a New Mexico Literary Arts Gratitude Award. She has been a writer in residence in four national parks, Yaddo, MacDowell, Gullkistan in Iceland, Kura Studio in Japan, and a dozen more remote and interesting places. She works with text and sculptural installation as part of the mother/daughter creative team Maternal Mitochondria (with Isabel Winson-Sagan) in venues ranging from RV parks to galleries. She founded and directed the creative writing program at Santa Fe Community College until her retirement. Her poetry was set to music for the Santa Fe Women's Chorus, incised on stoneware for two haiku pathways, and projected as video inside an abandoned building during the pandemic under the auspices of Vital Spaces.

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