Award-Winning Israeli Poet to Give Reading at The Jewish Theological Seminary

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950

September 4, 2008, New York, NY

Israeli poet Hamutal Bar Yosef will read from her poetry in Hebrew and English at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 at The Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

Born in 1940 in Israel, on a kibbutz near the Sea of Galilee, Bar-Yosef has been writing poetry since the age of eight, expressing the trauma of bereavement and the miracle of inner survival. She has published nine collections of poetry, as well as short stories and a book for children. She is the winner of several prestigious awards, including the President of Israel Prize for Poetry (2002) and the Brenner Prize for Poetry (2005). Her poems have been translated into English, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, and Yiddish.

Bar-Yosef has also published six books of literary research, among which are Trends of Decadence in Modern Hebrew Literature (Jerusalem 1997) and Symbolism in Modern Poetry (2000). A former professor at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, she has taught as a visiting professor at the Institute of Oriental Languages, Paris; Columbia University, New York City; and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH), Moscow. Her main fields of literary research are the Russian context of Jewish literature and culture, and mysticism in modern Hebrew poetry. Bar Yosef has a PhD in Comparative Literature from Hebrew University.

The event is being sponsored by The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Admission is free; reservations and photo ID are required. For more information or to register, contact Hector Guzman at (212) 678-8075.