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MY STORY

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 IsraelNew Verse News, Tuck, Literary Mama, Rise Up ReviewPoets Reading the News, 3Elements ReviewPaddock ReviewWriters Resist, Shirim, PRISMMom 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.


My short story "Red Bird Rising" was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Glimmer Train Fiction Open and was subsequently published in Lunch Ticket


My debut poetry collection, entitled Windows and a Looking Glass, was selected as a finalist for the 2016 New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition (Finishing Line Press 2017). 

Escape of Light, my second chapbook of poetry, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2020.

 
 

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