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The Third in our Three-Part Summer Poetry Salon Series

Date: 4:30pm EDT July 22, 2014

Our third (and final) Salon of the season will feature a full roster of American Jewish Poets: Julie Enszer, Erika Meitner, Mira Rosenthal, Jason Schneiderman, Yerra Sugarman, and Jehanne Dubrow.

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of four poetry collections, including most recently Red Army Red (Northwestern UP 2012) and Stateside (Northwestern UP 2010).  In 2015, University of New Mexico Press will publish her fifth collection of poems, The Arranged Marriage. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, Prairie SchoonerWest Branch, The Hudson Review, and Ploughshares.  She has been a recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Towson University Prize for Literature, an Individual Artist’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and Howard Nemerov Poetry Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Her scholarly and teaching interests include creative writing, formal poetry, prosody, American Jewish literature, Holocaust studies, and the graphic novel.  You can learn more about Jehanne’s work at her website

Julie R. Enszer, Ph.D, is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. She is writing a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2000. She is the author of Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010). She is editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. She has her MFA and PhD from the University of Maryland. She is the editor of Sinister Wisdom, a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal, and a regular book reviewer for the Lambda Book Report and Calyx. You can read more of her work at www.JulieREnszer.com.

Erika Meitner is the author of Inventory at the All-Night Drugstore (Anhinga Press, 2003), Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011), and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her fourth book of poems, Copia, is due out from BOA Editions in 2014. Meitner’s poems have been anthologized widely, and have appeared most recently in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, The New Republic, and Tin House. She has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Blue Mountain Center, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.

Benjamin S. Lowenkron’s home is the river. Born and raised by the Potomac, he was educated by the York and James, at The College of William & Mary, and now lives by the Mississippi, where he teaches English & the Humanities at Baton Rouge Community College. Join him in the currents with his new collection, Bone River (Ampersand Books) and the accompanying soundtrack, Hymnal by Joey Carbo (available on iTunes & Amazon).

A recent Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Mira Rosenthal is the author of the prize-winning collection The Local World. She has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the NEA, the PEN American Center, and the MacDowell Colony. She is also a translator of contemporary Polish literature, and her recent translation of Tomasz Różycki’s Colonies is a finalist for the Northern California Book Award. Her poems, translations, and essays have been published in many literary journals and anthologies, including Ploughshares, Harvard Review, Slate, PN Review, A Public Space, AGNI Online, and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. She will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Cornell College next year.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books, and Striking Surface, winner of the 2009 Richard Snyder Prize from Ashland Poetry Press. He is Associate Editor of Painted Bride Quarterly and the Poetry Editor of Bellevue Literary Review. His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House.  He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004.  Schneiderman holds an MFA from NYU, and a Ph.D from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Yerra Sugarman received a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, and the 2005 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Poetry Award for her first book, Forms of Gone, published by The Sheep Meadow Press in 2002. Her second book, The Bag of Broken Glass, was published by Sheep Meadow in January 2008. She is also the recipient of a “Discovery”/ The Nation Poetry Prize, a Chicago Literary Award, the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award, its Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and a 2008 Canada Council Grant for Creative Writers. Her poems, translations and articles have appeared in Prairie Schooner; The Nation; ACM; Cimarron Review; Literary Imagination; Nightsun; Lyric; Pleiades; The Massachusetts Review; Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust, and other publications. Her work has been translated into French and has been published in French journals. Currently, she is a Teaching Fellow, and a Ph.D candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.