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Muriel Rukeyser publishes second book of poems

January 31, 1938

Muriel Rukeyser established herself as a poet of enduring impact with the publication of "U.S. 1," her second book of poems.

Remembering Miriam Goodman - Her Church, The Chicken; Her Guests, Her Minyan

Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate, I've been reading some new poems and revisiting old favorites by women like Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, and Maxine Kumin.

Virginia Levitt Snitow

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Virginia Levitt Snitow’s initiatives improved women's lives, including the establishment of US/Israel Women to Women, the American organization most active on behalf of women’s rights in Israel.

Institution: U.S.-Israel Women to Women

Virginia Levitt Snitow’s initiatives improved women's lives, including the establishment of US/Israel Women to Women, the American organization most active on behalf of women’s rights in Israel.

Institution: U.S.-Israel Women to Women

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Fradel Shtok

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In her brief career on the Yiddish literary scene, Fradel Shtok wrote numerous poems and short stories which probed the inner sensual lives of Jewish women.

Courtesy of Found Treasures by Frieda Forman et al. © 1994

In her brief career on the Yiddish literary scene, Fradel Shtok wrote numerous poems and short stories which probed the inner sensual lives of Jewish women.

Courtesy of Found Treasures by Frieda Forman et al. © 1994

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Rina Schenfeld

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Rina Schenfeld uses the basic objects of daily life to build a world of poetry and dance, choreographing solo and ensemble performances that have been presented on the world’s most important stages.

Rina Schenfeld uses the basic objects of daily life to build a world of poetry and dance, choreographing solo and ensemble performances that have been presented on the world’s most important stages.

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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman

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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman learned folk songs from her mother and a love for Yiddish from her father. After a lifetime of writing poetry, stories, folklore, songs and children's literature in the language of her childhood, she remains a force on the Yiddish educational scene.

Courtesy of Linda Lipsky

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman learned folk songs from her mother and a love for Yiddish from her father. After a lifetime of writing poetry, stories, folklore, songs and children's literature in the language of her childhood, she remains a force on the Yiddish educational scene.

Courtesy of Linda Lipsky

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Rikudah Potash

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"The Poetess of Jerusalem," Rikudah Potash wrote in Yiddish about the "heavenly" and the "earthly" of her beloved city, its landscape and its diverse ethnic communities, bringing to her Yiddish readers a literary picture of the universe she inhabited body and soul.

Institution: Found Treasures © 1994 by Frieda Forman et al.

"The Poetess of Jerusalem," Rikudah Potash wrote in Yiddish about the "heavenly" and the "earthly" of her beloved city, its landscape and its diverse ethnic communities, bringing to her Yiddish readers a literary picture of the universe she inhabited body and soul.

Institution: Found Treasures © 1994 by Frieda Forman et al.

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Marge Piercy

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Marge Piercy's life as a poet and novelist has been informed by her political activism, her feminism and her Judaism. Her work—which includes fifteen books of poetry, sixteen novels and the memoir Sleeping with Cats—is marked by humanity and empathy, focusing frequently on the disenfranchised and the alienated in society.

Institution: Sylvia Edwards, Longview Community College

Marge Piercy's life as a poet and novelist has been informed by her political activism, her feminism and her Judaism. Her work—which includes fifteen books of poetry, sixteen novels and the memoir Sleeping with Cats—is marked by humanity and empathy, focusing frequently on the disenfranchised and the alienated in society.

Institution: Sylvia Edwards, Longview Community College

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Alicia Ostriker

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Being a poet, a Jew, and a woman defines all of Alicia Ostriker's work. She approaches the history of both poetry and Judaism from an unorthodox, feminist point of view.
Institution: Private collection
Being a poet, a Jew, and a woman defines all of Alicia Ostriker's work. She approaches the history of both poetry and Judaism from an unorthodox, feminist point of view.
Institution: Private collection

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Esther Raab

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Esther Raab (1894–1981), Israel's first "native" woman poet, was born into one of the founding families of one of the first agricultural settlements in Eretz Israel. Born in Petah Tikvah, she later lived in Cairo, then Paris, finally settling in Tel Aviv, where her home became a center for writers and painters.

Institution: Kean University, New Jersey

Esther Raab (1894–1981), Israel's first "native" woman poet, was born into one of the founding families of one of the first agricultural settlements in Eretz Israel. Born in Petah Tikvah, she later lived in Cairo, then Paris, finally settling in Tel Aviv, where her home became a center for writers and painters.

Institution: Kean University, New Jersey

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