I'm a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn and currently living in the Bronx. Much of my writing is informed by the unique experiences and challenges of growing up in, and ultimately leaving, the insular world of Hasidic Judaism.
I earned my BA and MA degrees in English/Creative Writing from CUNY Queens College, where I served as editor of the Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies and was the recipient of the James E. Tobin Poetry Award, the Lois Hughson Essay Prize, and the Essay Prize in Holocaust/Genocide Studies. I earned my MS in School Administration and Supervision from Touro College, after which I served as principal of a private school for Jewish children of Central Asian descent.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetica, Voices Israel, New Verse News, Tuck, Literary Mama, Rise Up Review, Poets Reading the News, 3Elements Review, Paddock Review, Writers Resist, Shirim, PRISM, Mom Egg, and Veils, Halos & Shackles, an international poetry anthology addressing the oppression and empowerment of women.
I'm a recipient of the 2018 Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award, and my poetry has been selected as a finalist for the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award. I've performed my poems at the New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island (with Art Kibbutz), Inspired Word NYC, Cornelia Street Cafe, and other venues.
Escape of Light, my second chapbook of poetry, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2020.