Emma Lazarus was born to a wealthy Sephardic family in New York in 1849, and though she died at age 38, was one of the first Jewish American poets to gain fame. Anna Margolin was born in Brisk in 1887 and became known as Yiddish poet in New York, where she died in 1952. Irena Klepfisz was born in 1941 in the Warsaw Ghetto, and became a bilingual English and Yiddish poet, writing in New York to this very day.
In this talk, Zohar Weiman-Kelman will consider lines connecting these three different poets, namely, the way they each create their own transgressive poetic histories crossing lines of gender, religion, and temporality. Bringing the poets into conversation across time and language, Weiman-Kelman will ask what these connections can reveal about the history of Jewish literature.
This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience, which will allow you to submit questions, registration is required.
The Great Jewish Books Lecture Series gives learners of all ages the opportunity to delve into great works of Jewish literature with top scholars in the field. Each month, a speaker presents a virtual talk focusing on an author or work, followed by a Q&A with the audience. These talks span a wide variety of literary subjects, presenting works written in many languages from classic Yiddish texts to contemporary Jewish American writing.