Wild & Precious Life Series: Ladin, Melnick, Ben-Oni, & Neve-Midbar

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 7:00pm

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The 25th reading of the Wild & Precious Life Series will feature Joy Ladin, Lynn Melnick, Rosebud Ben-Oni, & Rachel Neve-Midbar on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Joy Ladin is the author of nine poetry collections: The Future Is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow Press, 2017), Fireworks in the Graveyard (2017), Impersonation (2015), The Definition of Joy (2012), Coming to Life (2010), Psalms (2010), Transmigration (2009), The Book of Anna (2006), and Alternatives to History (2003). She has also published a memoir, Through the Door of Life: a Jewish Journey Between Genders (2012); a critical study, Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry (2010); and a work of creative non-fiction, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective (2018). She is a professor at Yeshiva University, where she holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English. 

Lynn Melnick is the author of Landscape with Sex and Violence (YesYes Books, 2017) and If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012). A former fellow at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, she teaches at the 92nd Street Y and Columbia University and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Rosebud Ben-Oni is the author of the poetry collections If This Is the Age We End Discovery (2021), which won the the Alice James Award; turn around, BRXGHT, XYXS (2019); and Solecism (2013). She is a contributor to The Conversant and an editorial advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Black Warrior Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, Arts & Letters, among others; recently, her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. She writes weekly for The Kenyon Review blog, and teaches creative writing at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program.

Rachel Neve-Midbar’s collection Salaam of Birds has won the 2018 Patricia Bibby First Book Award and will be published by Tebot Bach Press. She is also the author (under the name Heimowitz) of the chapbook, What the Light Reveals (Tebot Bach Press, 2014.). Rachel’s work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Spillway, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, as well as other publications and anthologies. She was recently a finalist for the COR Richard Peterson Prize, winner of the Passenger Poetry Prize and she has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Rachel completed her MFA at Pacific University in 2015 and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The “doors” open at 7pm for pre reading conversation. The reading will begin at 7:30pm.

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Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life


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Dornsife, Creative Writing, LI-Humanities



Creative Writing & Literature
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