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Troim Katz Handler

Troim Katz Handler is the author of Simkhe, Yiddish love-letter poems, and co-author of two books in Yiddish and Japanese, written with Prof. Kazuo Ueda for students of Yiddish in Japan. After a thirty-year career as a secondary-school English teacher, she taught Yiddish at summer programs in Oxford, England. Her poetry has been published in the Yiddish Forverts and periodicals. Her poem “Blume Lempel” appeared in Der Bay in December 1999. She and her husband, Frank, lecture widely on Yiddish literature and Jewish history.

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Blume Lempel

Blume Lempel used stream-of-consciousness, flashback, and free association in her writing to create unique stories with themes rarely seen in Yiddish literature: eroticism, incest, and rape. She only wrote in Yiddish, and much of her work remained untranslated until very recently.

Chaske Blacker (Blacher)

During her brief life, Yiddish writer Chaske Blacker worked in radio, tobacco and dress factories, and reared two children while supporting her poet-husband. It is no surprise that her stories mainly focused on the working class. She produced two novellas and a dozen short stories while still acting as the main breadwinner for her family.

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