Jewish women’s voices from the East: an evening of poetry readings

Three women poets with roots in the Middle East come together to read their work and discuss issues of identity, womanhood and their relationships with their countries of birth.

Esther Kamkar, who is visiting London, was born in Tehran, Iran. She left in 1965 for a seven-year stay in Jerusalem and has lived in the USA since 1973. Her collection of poetry is entitled Hummingbird Conditions (Ziba Press 2002) and her poetry has been widely published in numerous magazines and anthologies.Her new collection is entitled Hum of Bees (Ziba Press, 2011).

Yvonne Green’s mother's family came to Boukhara in Central Asia 2,700 years ago to buy the silks for Solomon's Temple. A prize-winning poetess, journalist and essayist, Yvonne has read her poems on BBC Radio 4. Her first collection, "The Assay" is shortly to enter its third edition. Her second collection -- a book of translations of the WW2 poet - revered in Russia but unknown in the West, Semyon Lipkin - will be out in October 2011. She will contribute poems to a book by Dr. Maisie Meyers about the lives of Shanghai's Iraqi Jews due for publication in 2012.

Colette Littman was expelled as a Jewish refugee from her native Egypt in 1956. As well as the publisher of the Littman Library of Jewish Civilisation, she is a talented poetess, winning Ist Prize in a National Poetry competition. The Spiro Ark has held a reading of her poetry and will schedule another later this year.

Chaired by Jennifer Langer of Exiled Writers Ink.

Sunday 12 June 2011
Spiro Ark, 25 – 26 Enford St, London W1H 1DW

Harif / Spiro Ark / Exiled Writers Ink

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