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Jewish Poets Present Final Lit House Summer Salon
Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The Rose O’Neill Literary House hosts the final Summer Poetry Salon of the season on Tuesday, July 22, with a full roster of American Jewish Poets. Reading from their work will be Jehanne Dubrow, Julie Enszer, Benjamin Lowenkron, Erika Meitner, Mira Rosenthal, Jason Schneiderman, and Yerra Sugarman. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Literary House, 407 Washington Avenue.
Jehanne Dubrow is the author of four poetry collections, 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 Schooner, West Branch, The Hudson Review, and Ploughshares. She has been a recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, 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. At Washington College, Dubrow is director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.
Julie R. Enszer, Ph.D, a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, is the author of Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013) and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010) and editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2011). She is currently writing a history of lesbian-feminist presses from 1969 until 2000. Enszer earned 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.
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), 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 is 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. His new collection, Bone River (Ampersand Books), is accompanied by the soundtrack Hymnal, by by Joey Carbo and availableon 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, 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. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has seen his poetry and essays published in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and Tin House. 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 also is the recipient of a honors that include “Discovery”/ The Nation Poetry Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award and Cecil Hemley Memorial 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. She is a teaching fellow and Ph.D candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.