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After-Kiddush Learning, with Poets Tom Laichas and Carol V. Davis

Saturday, February 22, 2020 27 Shevat 5780

1:00 PM - 2:00 PMSocial Hall

Carol V. Davis: Carol V. Davis is the author of Because I Cannot Leave This Body (Truman State University Press, 2017) and Between Storms (TSUP, 2012). She won the 2007 T.S. Eliot Prize for Into the Arms of Pushkin: Poems of St. Petersburg, 2007. She was twice a Fulbright scholar in Russia, first at the Jewish University in St. Petersburg, 1996-97 where she was the first American to teach there. Her poems have appeared in anthologies include The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry and the forthcoming Jewish Poems for the Third Millenium . She was poetry editor for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal and in 2018 guest edited a double issue of Shirim on Contemporary Jewish American Poets. Recently she has been working with the CCAR Journal (the Reform Jewish Quarterly) on poetry. She teaches at Santa Monica College, CA and at Antioch University, Los Angeles and in winter 2018 at Buryatia State Univ. in Siberia. Carol will read recent work of hers and share the work of other Jewish poets.

 Tom Laichas: Empire of Eden, Tom's first poetry collection, reframes the first verses of B’reshit, reimagining creation, naming of the animals, expulsion from the Garden, the first murder, and more. Tom and his wife, Donna Malamud, longtime members of Mishkon, met and married at Mishkon, and their daughter Ariella attended Mishkon preschool and religious school.  Tom taught history at Crossroads School for 30 years while earning a Ph.D. and co-founding the journal World History Connected. In 2017, he left teaching to work full time on writing projects. His recent poems have appeared in Ambit, Masque & Spectacle, Big Window Review and other literary magazines.

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