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Amiram (Ami) Bar-Ilan is an Israeli scientist who discovered the beauty of poetry and literature at a later stage of his life. Growing up in a Kibbutz environment, serving in the IDF front line during the wars of 1967 and 1973 shaped his character and life choices. He spent 26 years of his life in Boston, MA, inventing new methods to keep our air cleaner. He is living in Cyprus, growing vines, making wine and olive oil. Ami is married plus three and seems to enjoy his new life. You can reach Ami at

Dara Barnat's poetry appears in journals in the U.S. and Israel, and is forthcoming in Poet Lore. Her 2009 chapbook Headwind Migration was released by Pudding House Publications, and she received a work-study scholarship to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Dara is currently completing a PhD on Jewish American Poetics at Tel Aviv University, where she teaches poetry and creative writing. She writes and translates with the conviction that poetry inspires connection, reflection, and dialogue. You can reach Dara at [End Page 111]

Marla Brettschneider is a Jewish feminist activist and Professor of Political Philosophy with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire. She serves as Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program and is a co-founder and past coordinator of the UNH Queer Studies Program. Her most recent book is The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish Lives, winner of an Independent Publishers IPPY Award. You can reach Marla at

Internationally recognized for her innovations in Jewish culture, Adrienne Cooper has shaped the contemporary Yiddish performance scene in concerts, recordings, theatrical works, writing, mentoring and teaching. She is known for reframing and reinterpreting Jewish music by and about women in groundbreaking work—including the "The Memoir of Gluckl of Hameln," "Every Mother's Son: Jewish Women in War and Peace," "Esn: Songs from the Kitchen," "Queer Wedding Sweet," and with the virtuoso women's ensemble, "Mikveh."

Carol V. Davis won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg. She was twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia and the first American to teach at the Jewish University in St. Petersburg. Her work has been read on NPR and Radio Russia. She teaches at Santa Monica College, CA, and was the 2008 Poet-in-Residence at Olivet College, MI. In November 2010 she will read at the Library of Congress. You can reach Carol at

Ruth Dropkin was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn; graduated from Brooklyn College (where she was editor of its literary magazine); and had a long career as an editorial freelancer. Her attachment to Jewish feminism grew from the example of her mother, Rebbetzin Esther Forsyth Warshavsky, as well as from the Yiddish poetry of Celia Dropkin, mother of her second husband, John. She is the great-grandmother of four.

Veronica Golos won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press) for A Bell Buried Deep. Her newest book, Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, Feb. 2010), contains powerfully wrought poems that witness and respond to the continued wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gaza—a mirror in which we see and hear the names of war's dead, their ghosts, and ourselves. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, with her husband, writer David Pérez. To contact: [End Page 112]

Melinda Susan Goodman has been teaching at Hunter College in New York City since 1987. She was a founding member of The Audre Lorde Women's Poetry Center and was formerly in the editorial collective of Conditions, the world's first Lesbian literary journal. Her poems have appeared in LGBT journals and anthologies, and she received an Astraea Award for Lesbian poets. She is of Jewish descent,

First girl called to the bima in her Baltimore synagogue—a joyful, independent pattern set. Study in an egalitarian chavurah, consciousness raising, arguing with the text, outrage ... all shape her life's work...


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