Originally published in the Huffington Post prior to conference. This weekend, J Street, a new Jewish “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace” PAC and Washington-based organization is holding its first national conference. The two of us, along with another artist, were to perform and read poems at several sessions during the conference. Specifically, we were invited to lead a [...]
An open letter to Rachel Corrie as the screening of the film that bears her name, honors her life, and condemns her death faces shameless criticism and censorship. Dear Rachel, The day you were crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, was a stormy day in Tel Aviv. March 16, 2003 — to [...]
Thanks to Leroy Franklin Moore Jr for the link to this poem, “Until” written and performed by Ayisha Knight. I’m loving the clip, but since it’s an excerpt of the piece, I’m also posting her performance on Def Poetry Jam so you get the full effect.
Bay Area folks, please join me Monday, June 8th for this upcoming event/extravaganza I’ve put together with my friend Griselda Suárez for the 2009 National Queer Arts Festival, featuring an amazing line up of established & emerging poets crossing generations, genres and borders of any and all imaginations. I’d love to
Recently, a group of authors and poets gathered at Afikomen Books in Berkeley, CA, for an event titled Jewish Women & Spirituality, to read work they had published in Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. I read an excerpt from “Second Glances,” which appeared in Bridges last year. It’s a piece I wrote with my friend [...]
Today was the start of the 2nd Palestine Festival of Literature, slated to open at the Palestinian National Theater in East Jerusalem. The festival began as a call from Edward Said, to “reaffirm the power of culture over the culture of power.” As participants were gathering, the Israeli police shut down the theater. The French [...]
On Wednesday, CBC Radio Show Q hosted a discussion, “Anti-Semitism or artistic chill?” with Jewish academic and artist b.h. Yael, and Executive Vice President of B’nai Brith Canada Frank Dimant on art and being critical of Israel. A bit of background on the Q: Q is Canada’s liveliest arts, culture and entertainment magazine. It’s a [...]
It is with absolute outrage and a deep sadness that we write this statement regarding our experience working with the Koffler Centre of the Arts. As a Jewish curator and Jewish artist, we were invited by the Koffler to develop a project in early 2008. Since April of last year we have been working closely [...]
(Grandma Lil, first night of Chanukah 2007) Jewish Women’s Archive is putting together a Flickr “exhibit” of photographs of Jewish mothers past and present in honor of Mother’s Day. If you’re not sure how to add your Flick photos to it, Jewess posted all the details. I just added photos of my mom and my [...]
A poem for National Poetry Month. This poem, Wings, for Gaza, was recorded, and first read, in January 2009 at a Poetry for Gaza benefit in Oakland, CA for the Middle East Children’s Alliance.