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Poetry from Dyanna Loeb, aka Dyna*Mic

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Dyanna Loeb

Dyanna Loeb aka Dyna*Mic is an MC, poet and arts educator who started performing with Youth Speaks in 2001.

Poetry, storytelling, and multiple truths on Israel's Independence Day

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As a historian, I spend a lot of time thinking about stories -- what stories we tell about ourselves and the world, what stories aren't told, how our narratives change depending on context, moo

Catching up with Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita

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Viva Puerto Rico Ha'olam
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AMEN.

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day

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April 26 is national Poem In Your Pocket Day.

The "fine madness" of discovering Lesléa Newman

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Lesléa Newman

During an otherwise unidentifiable undergraduate semester, I took a class called The Psychology of the Lesbian Experience.

The Burlesque Poetess: A Jewess with "Artitude"

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Jojo Lazar
Lamah by Jojo Lazar
Jojo Lazar and Amy Macabre

Jojo Lazar is a Boston-based multimedia visual and performance artist with a dizzying http://jojolazar.tumblr.com

"What is Needed After Food," a poem by Alicia Ostriker

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Twice a finalist for the National Book Award, Alicia Ostriker has published fourteen poetry collections, including The Book of Seventy, wh

How do I love Marge Piercy?

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Lesléa Newman

How do I love Marge Piercy? Let me count the ways:

Yiddish poetry: It's not just for men!

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Most people believe that Yiddish literature and poetry was written solely by men. In reality, there were hundreds of female Yiddish writers and poets, all of whom had their own distinct biographies and writing styles.

Edith Kaplan Bregman was one of these women. She was born in a Russian shtetl in 1899 to a Hasidic family, immigrating to New York when she was 13. In America, she was exposed to literature that hadn’t been available in Europe, so she became a voracious reader. Bregman went on to write poetry in her native tongue, Yiddish. Her love of language led her to meet many Yiddish literary giants, like Avrom Reyzen, a poet who became her mentor. While she wrote poems throughout her early life, her works weren’t published until 1939, when a Yiddish newspaper had a poetry contest that she entered and won. Her victory gave her the confidence to publish more of her written work. Some of the themes that recur throughout her poems are a love of Judaism and God, life in Europe, and Holocaust remembrance. In addition to writing poetry, Bregman sang and played the mandolin and piano. Bregman’s last poem was published in 1997, a few years before her death at age 99.

How To Make Matzo Brei

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Lesléa Newman
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It has to be Sunday morning,
not just any Sunday morning
the Sunday morning of Passover

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