Jewish Poetry Class with Dr. Rick Chess

When:
September 15, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
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A Taste of Contemporary Jewish Poetry
Sept. 8 and 15, 2019, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel, Asheville, NC
Join Dr. Rick Chess for two sessions at which we’ll look at recent work by several contemporary Jewish poets. We’ll begin by reading and exploring a few poems by Jacqueline Osherow. From there, we’ll move on to consider poems by some other extraordinary contemporary Jewish poets, including Jessica Jacobs, who lives in Asheville and has attended classes at CBI and is the author of Take Me With You, Wherever You’re Going and other books; David Ebenbach, author of The Artist’s Torah, Some Unimaginable Animal, and other books; and possibly poems by a few other poets. Through our lively conversations about the poems, we’ll consider whether the great Yiddish poet Mani Leyb was right when he wrote “a poet of the Jews–who needs it!”
If you can make it to Jacquelyn Osherow’s reading on Sept. 3 at UNC Asheville (see below), I highly recommend it. If not, please still consider joining us for these two sessions for a little taste of contemporary Jewish poetry.
Dr. Richard Chess
Roy Carroll Professor of Honors Arts and Sciences
Director, the Center for Jewish Studies at UNCA
My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple and Other Wonders of Contemporary Jewish Life
Sept. 3, 2019, 7 p.m., Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville
Free and Open to the Public
Renowned American-Jewish Poet Jacquelyn Osherow reads from her recently published 8th book My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple
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