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Teaneck’s Congregation Shaare Tefillah Plans Evening of Poetry

(Courtesy of Cong. Shaare Tefillah) Congregation Shaare Tefillah will host an evening of poetry featuring renowned Jewish poets Baruch November, Yehoshua November, Maya Bernstein and Charles Adès Fishman, who will read from their original works, The event will take place n the social hall of the shul, at 510 Claremont Ave. in Teaneck on Sunday, July 30 at 7 p.m.

Baruch November’s full-length book of poems, published by Main Street Rag, is entitled “Bar Mitzvah Dreams.” His earlier collection of poems entitled “Dry Nectars of Plenty” co-won BigCityLit’s chapbook contest in 2003. His poems and short fiction have been featured in Paterson Literary Review, Lumina, NewMyths.com, and the Forward. His poem, “After Esav,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For more than a decade, as an assistant professor, Baruch November has taught courses in Shakespeare, poetry and writing at Touro College in Manhattan. He has lived in many cities in the United States, and currently resides in Washington Heights, New York.

Yehoshua November is the author of two poetry collections, “God’s Optimism” (a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize) and “Two Worlds Exist” (a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and the Paterson Poetry Prize). His work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The Sun, VQR, and on NPR, Poetry Unbound, and A Life of Greatness. Yeshoshua teaches writing at Rutgers University and Touro University.

Bernstein’s debut volume of poems, “There is No Place Without You” was recently published by Ben Yehuda Press to great acclaim in Jewish literary circles. Bernstein’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Allium, By the Seawall, the Cider Press Review, Ghost City Review, Poetica Magazine, Tablet Magazine, and elsewhere. She is on the faculty at Georgetown University and Yeshivat Maharat and is pursuing an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Fishman received a fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 1995. His poems, essays, reviews, and translations have appeared in more than 350 journals and many major anthologies. Among Fishman’s many books is “The Death Mazurka” (Texas Tech University Press, 1989), an ALA/Choice “Outstanding Book of the Year” that was nominated for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Since 2009, Charles has served as poetry editor of PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Educators.

Refreshments and light desserts will be served. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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