Nitza Agam is a graduate of Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has a Master's Degree in English Literature and in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. She is a published poet and writer. Her poems and essays appeared in both Poetica: Reflections of Jewish Thought and in Reed: a Journal of Poetry and Prose from San Jose State University. Nitza has been a strong Jewish feminist since the 1970s when she was part of the first all women's theatre company in Jerusalem. NitzaAgam@hotmail.com
Marjorie Agosín grew up in Santiago Chile hearing the stories of her family who escaped the Holocaust as well as the pogroms. Agosín has documented her family's lives in two memoirs A Cross and a Star and Always from Somewhere Else. She is the author of Among the Angels of Memory, a collection of poetry dedicated to her great grandmother. The author of nearly twenty books as well as the recipient of important literary and Human Rights awards, Agosín [End Page 175] is a professor of Spanish at Wellelsey College where she teaches courses on the literature of Latin American Jewish women and on human rights.
Lynn Alpert studied Art History and English Literature at Temple University in Philadelphia. She spent most of her summers growing up attending a Habonim Dror summer camp, which is where she first got in touch with both her Jewish and feminist identities. Lynn is the daughter of two rabbis and a devout atheist. She works in the Prints, Drawings and Photographs department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Rebecca T. Alpert
Rebecca T. Alpert is Associate Professor of Religion and Women's Studies at Temple University. Her most recent book is Whose Torah? A Concise Guide to Progressive Judaism, published in 2008 by New Press. She teaches religion and sexuality, the politics of race and gender, and medical ethics. She is currently at work on a book on Jews in Black Baseball. She lives with her partner, but not her two adult children, in Philadelphia, PA.
Judith Arcana is descended from Russian and Polish Jews with attitude, four grandparents who came to the U.S. a hundred years ago. Judith's most recent book is the poetry collection What If Your Mother (2005). In 2008, she collaborated with Ash Creek Press to make POEMS, a signed/limited edition broadside of five poems, and Family Business, a chapbook manuscript in an envelope. A new chapbook collection, 4th Period English, will be out in 2009. Visit juditharcana. com.
Helène Aylon is a cutting edge feminist artist born in Borough Park, Brooklyn where she was raised and educated according to strict Orthodox tradition. Her nostalgic critiques won the Foundation for Jewish Culture's Visual Art award of 2002. The Liberation of G-d (i.e., G-d with a pink dash), shown in 6 museums, was acquired by the NY Jewish Museum. This was the first of a series called The G-D Project. The finale, All Rise, a petition for women to serve as judges on a Beit Din, will be part of the Jewish Museum's show, "The Reinvention of Ritual." Visit www.heleneAylon.com.
Deborah Bauer lives and writes in Tempe, Arizona. Her poetry and fiction have recently appeared in Carve, Poetry Midwest, Literary Mama, Word Riot, and The Boston Literary Magazine. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She is completing her first novel about estranged Jewish sisters rebuilding their lives following World War II. [End Page 176]
Ruth Behar was born in Havana, Cuba and grew up in New York City. She is the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Award and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her latest book is An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba. She is now researching the Cuban Jewish exile community in Miami while writing a novel about her mother's Cuba. For further information, please visit her web site: www.ruthbehar.com.
Faye Ginsburg is Kriser Professor of Anthropology at NYU where she is...