Jewish Voices

November 12, 2013

November 2013 Media Release

For more information contact: Palma Corral, 503-226-3600, ext. 101 or email

Oregon Jewish Museum Presents: Jewish Voices
Annual Reading by Jewish Writers and Poets
Tuesday, November 12, 7:30-9:00pm
General Public: $8; OJM Members: $5
Reservations: call the museum at 503-226-3600 or reserve on-line

Six prominent Jewish poets and writers will read from their personal collections for our annual reading, established in 1999.
David Axelrod has published seven collections of poems and a collection of non-fiction. The most recent, What Next, Old Knife? was published in 2012 by Lost Horse Press, which will also publish Folly, in 2013. He teaches at Eastern Oregon University, where he directs the Ars Poetica Lecture Series and edits (along with Jodi Varon) the award-winning basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts. He is the co-director of the new EOU low-residency MFA. Currently, David is working on new collections of poems and essays, and editing an edition of the complete poems of the late Walt Pavlich. 
Kerry Cohen is the author of six books, including the memoirs Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity and Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal. Kerry’s work has been featured on Dr. Phil and Good Morning America, in the New York Times Modern Love column, The Washington Post, and on the BBC. She has been an Oregon Book Award finalist four times and received an Oregon Spirit Award.
Ruth Tenzer Feldman’s ten nonfiction books for children and young adults focus on history and biography, while her science and history articles range from leeches to Einstein’s refrigerator. Her first novel, Blue Thread, entwines the woman suffrage campaign in 1912 Portland with the biblical daughters of Zelophehad, and received a 2013 Oregon Book Award for Young Adult Literature. Ruth’s newly-released companion novel, The Ninth Day, embraces the 1964 free speech movement and the aftermath of a 1096 Crusader attack on Rhineland Jews. 
Willa Schneberg has authored four poetry collections, and received the Oregon Book Award In Poetry for In The Margins of The World. Garrison Keillor read her poems on The Writer’s Almanac. A letterpress chapbook, The Books of Esther, was produced in conjunction with Willa’s 2012 Oregon Jewish Museum interdisciplinary exhibit. Rending the Garment, a series of linked poems about one Jewish family will be published by Mudfish/Box Turtle Press, NYC in 2014. She is the originator and organizer of OJM's annual Oregon Jewish Writers' Reading now in its 14th season.

Jodi Varon is the author of a memoir exploring Sephardic identity: Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father, a WILLA Award finalist from Women Writing the West. Her non-fiction, fiction, and translations appear in many literary journals, including the Northwest Review and WomenArts Quarterly. Her translations from the Chinese of the Tang Dynasty poet Li He are collected in The Rock’s Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He. Jodi is a recipient of a Non-Fiction fellowship from Literary Arts. She co-directs the low residency MFA at Eastern Oregon University.
Yuvi Zalkow is the author of A Brilliant Novel in the Works and is the creator of the "I'm a Failed Writer" online video series as well as the "Creative Turn" podcast. He has an MFA from Antioch and his stories have been featured in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, Carve Magazine, and others. 

The Oregon Jewish Museum, the Pacific Northwest’s only Jewish museum, examines and preserves the rich cultural heritage of one of Oregon’s earliest immigrant groups. Through creating and hosting a variety of community-based and traveling exhibitions, maintaining a library and archive, presenting films and other cultural programming, and engaging in educational outreach, we seek to stimulate dialogue about identity, culture, and assimilation. We provide opportunities for Jews and non-Jews alike to understand the Jewish experience as a paradigm both for cultural survival and inter-cultural understanding.