Diana Anhalt comes from a long line of wanderers, which helps explain why her work usually deals with exile, expatriation and identity. A former teacher, newsletter editor and book reviewer for The Texas Observer, she is the author of A Gathering of Fugitives: American Political Expatriates in Mexico 1948–1965 (Archer Books), recently translated into Spanish. Her short stories, poetry and essays are published in both Mexico and the United States.
Judith Arcana’s books include Grace Paley’s Life Stories, A Literary Biography and the recent poetry collection What if your mother. She has received grants, fellowships and residencies from the Puffin Foundation, Rockefeller Archive, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Literary Arts, Soapstone, Montana Artists Refuge, Mesa Refuge and Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. She taught for over forty years in schools, colleges, libraries, living rooms, a prison and a jail. Judith lives in Oregon.
RACHEL TZVIA BACK
Rachel Tzvia Back—poet, translator, and professor of literature—has lived in Israel for the last 28 years. Her most recent poetry collection, On Ruins & Return (Shearsman, 2007), tracks the cycle of violence marking the lives of Palestinians and Israelis these last years. She has [End Page 125] also recently completed editing, annotating and translating the English version of the anthology With an Iron Pen: Hebrew Protest Poems 1984–2004 (original Hebrew anthology edited by Tal Nitzan). Rachel lives in the Galilee.
Ellie Barbarash, raised working-class in Brooklyn, lives in Philadelphia where she is raising her son. For two decades she’s worked in ‘non-traditional’ fields for women, advocating worker safety and training managers in accident prevention systems. She has an MS in occupational and environmental health sciences and is board certified to audit corporations for environmental compliance. Informing her work is a commitment to feminism, GBLT concerns and the rights of the disabled. She was the co-founder of AWARE, a New York City women’s anti-racist group active in the 1990s. Currently she is in the training program Kohenet, for Jewish women’s ritual leadership (www.kohenet.org). “The Dowry” is an excerpt from a work in progress.
Noa Baum is an award-winning Israeli storyteller, facilitator and consultant. Trained in theatre and education in Tel Aviv and New York University, she focuses on her craft’s power to heal across the divides of identity. Her story A Land Twice Promised has been heard internationally, including at The World Bank, U.S. Defense Department, Mayo Clinic, Brandeis University, Hebrew University Jerusalem and beyond. She lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with her husband and two teenagers, and can be reached at www.noabaum.com.
Jennifer Burd received an MFA degree in creative writing from the University of Washington in 1994. She has worked as an instructional designer, editor, and newspaper reporter. Currently, when not dancing, taking photographs, or thinking about metaphor, she edits books for High/Scope Press in Ypsilanti, MI. Burd’s poems have appeared in The Bellingham Review, Southern Poetry Review, Eclipse, Modern Haiku, and the anthology Nobody’s Orphan Child, among other publications. She resides in Ypsilanti, MI.
HINDE ENA BURSTIN
Hinde Ena Burstin is a bilingual writer, most recently published in: Voices and Spaces: Indigenous and Multicultural Writers in Dialogue (Kemarre Arts, Canberra, 2006), New Under the Sun: Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics and Culture (Black Inc, Melbourne, 2006) and Jewish Women: A Historical Encyclopedia (Shalvi Publishing, 2006). An award-winning Yiddish poetry translator, she is a research associate and post-graduate student at University of Sydney, Australia, researching feminist and anti-racist Yiddish poetry. [End Page 126]
Beth Camp just retired from Linn-Benton Community College to write full-time. She taught humanities, Latin-American literature and writing; was recognized as an outstanding teacher by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and commended by the Two-Year College Association of English Teachers for leadership. She recently published a chapbook, Mermaid Reflections. Interested in issues affecting women, spirituality, and international cultures, she anticipates lengthening the number of countries she has studied.
Ellen Cassedy is a writer living near Washington, D.C. She is working on a book...