Thursday, January 18, 2018


 Deborah Leipziger (Curator of the Jewish Poetry Festival)

Contact: Deborah Leipziger, Curator January 10, 2018
Phone: 617-997-2701

9th Annual Jewish Poetry Festival at Temple Sinai, Brookline, MA
Sunday, February 4, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Deborah Leipziger, curator of the 8th Annual Jewish Poetry Festival, announced the event will take place Sunday, March 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Temple Sinai’s Ehrenfried Hall, 50 Sewall Avenue, Brookline, MA.

Founded by Ms. Leipziger the Jewish Poetry Festival brings together Jewish poets as well as non-Jewish poets who write on Jewish subjects. Ms. Leipziger said, “Now in its ninth year the Jewish Poetry Festival has grown beyond Brookline’s borders and is a welcoming venue for not only our feature poets, but also for many people both Jewish and non-Jewish who have written poems on the central themes of family, community and Jewish life.

This year’s featured poet is Barbara Helfgott Hyett, a teacher and editor who has published five collections of poetry, most recently “Rift” from the University of Arkansas Press. The book won the Boston Foundation’s Father John Fellowship for Excellence in the Arts. Ms. Helfgott Hyett’s poems have appeared widely in journals and magazines including The New Republic, The Nation, Hudson Review, Agni and Ploughshares as well as in over fifty anthologies. Recipient of many grants, residencies, and fellowships, she works as a professor of English and is also the Director of PoemWorks, The Workshop for Publishing Poets, which was named “One of the Best Workshops in Boston” by the Boston Globe.

Master of Ceremonies for the festival will be Professor Larry Lowenthal.

An open mic will follow Ms. Helfgott Hyett’s reading and readers are asked to bring one original poem on one of the following themes: family, community or Jewish life. There will be a table at the entrance where those wishing to participate may sign up.

Refreshments will be served.

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