Mon 12 Nov
19:00 - 20:45
THE YEHUDA AMICHAI FESTIVAL
A celebration of the life of Yehuda Amichai
The Yehuda Amichai Festival is an evening in celebration of the life of Yehuda Amichai, hosted by his widow Hana and son David. Eva Hoffman, Pascale Petit, Yvonne Green, Erez Biton, Aviva Dautch and Eve Grubin will present readings of Amichai’s favourite poems and have an open discussion to answer questions.
This Festival is supported by The Poetry Society, Jewish Book Week, Exiled Writers Ink and Smith/Doorstop and is in support of the RNIB and the Jewish Blind Society.
Mon 12 Nov
19:00 - 20:45
£10 / £8
Professor of Literature
Eva Hoffman has been a professor of literature and creative writing at various institutions, such as Columbia University, the University of Minnesota, Tufts, and CUNY‘s Hunter College. From 1979 to 1990, she worked as an editor and writer at The New York Times, serving as senior editor of “The Book Review” from 1987 to 1990. In 1990, she received the Jean Stein Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 1992, the Guggenheim Fellowship for General Nonfiction, as well as the Whiting Award. In 2000, Eva Hoffman was the Year 2000 Una Lecturer at the Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Warwick. She has presented radio programmes and is the recipient of the Prix Italia for radio.
Pascale Petit’s seventh collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), won the RSL Ondaatje Prize, was shortlisted for the Roehampton Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Her sixth collection, Fauverie, was her fourth to be shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and five poems from it won the Manchester Poetry Prize. She has had three collections selected as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. In 2018 she won an RSL Literature Matters Award and was elected as an RSL Fellow.
Yvonne Green’s first collection, Boukhara, won the 2007 Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition. Her second, The Assay won translation funds from Lord Gavron and Celia Atkin published in Ivrit as Hanisoo-yi. Her third, After Semyon Izrailevich Lipkin was Winter 2011 Poetry Book Society’s Translation Choice. Her fourth, Honoured was Winter 2015 Poetry Book Society Recommended. Her fifth collection Jam and Jerusalem was published on the 1st September 2018 and is being launched at this Festival.
Erez Biton, the 2015 Israel Prize Laureate in Poetry, was born in Oran, Algeria to Moroccan parents who then immigrated to Israel in 1948. At the age of 10, he was blinded and lost a hand in an accident. Biton holds a BA in social work from Hebrew University and an MA in psychology from Bar Ilan University. The author of six books of poems and a play, Biton is the foremost Mizrahi poet in Israel today. The term Mizrahi, Hebrew for ‘eastern’, denotes Jews from the Arab world and adjacent, mostly Moslem-majority countries
Aviva Dautch won the Primers prize for emerging voices in poetry in 2017 and her award-winning collection was recently published in Primers 3 (Nine Arches Press: 2018). From 2014-2016 she was poet in residence at the Jewish Museum, London and the poems produced received an international award from Brandeis University. She has also been shortlisted for the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer prize (2011) and described by former poet laureate Andrew Motion as “someone to watch for the future”. Her PhD dissertation on Modern Metaphysical Poetry received Royal Holloway’s Reid Scholarship and her poems, reviews and literary essays have been widely published. She teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the British Library, Modern Jewish Literature at JW3 and the London School of Jewish Studies and is a visiting lecturer in Jewish Culture at Roehampton University.
Eve Grubin is the author of Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press) and The House of Our First Loving (Rack Press). She is a lecturer at NYU in London and a tutor at the Poetry School. Eve is the recipient of the AHRC / TECHNE scholarship to write her PhD thesis (Kingston University): “Boat of Letters: Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Reticence” (Spring 2018). Eve’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, PN Review, The New Republic, Poetry Review, and Conjunctions, where her chapbook-size group of poems was featured and introduced by Fanny Howe. Her poems have also appeared in anthologies such as The Poets Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder (Eyewear Press 2016), The World is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (Clemson / Liverpool University Press, 2016), and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (2014). Her essays have appeared in anthologies including This-World Company: Collected Essays on the Work of Jean Valentine (U of Mich Press, 2012) and The Veil: Women Writers on Its History Lore and Politics (U of CA Press 2009). Eve was the programs director at the Poetry Society of America (2001-2006) and taught poetry at The New School for Social Research (2001-2007) and in the graduate creative writing program at the City College of New York (2005-2008). Recent teaching experience includes Eve’s day-long seminar Poems on the Hebrew Bible at the Poetry School. She has also taught courses at the London School of Jewish Studies where she has been poet in residence. Wendy Cope shortlisted Eve’s poem “Wind” for the Bridport Prize (2013) and Mark Doty shortlisted her chapbook for the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize (Tupelo Press).