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L'Dor V'Dor in Poetry with Elana Bell

Sunday, November 22, 2020 6 Kislev 5781

11:00 AM - 12:30 PMZoom

Photo Credit: Hallie Easley

If you missed the event, you can watch the recording here:

Generation to Generation Through Poetry: Join Elana Bell (Walt Whitman Awardee and author of Eyes, Stones) as she reads poems from her new book of poetry, Mother Country. She will include a poem by her mother, Chana Bell, and a poem by her son, Surya. This reading will be in honor of the 78th birthday of her father, and fellow Mishkonian, Phil Bell.

About Elana: The author of Mother Country (BOA Editions 2020), Elana Bell is a poet, sound practitioner, and creative alchemist. She facilitates artistic rituals and processes that support people in accessing their authentic voice and alchemizing raw experience and emotion into artistic expression.  Her debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), received the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her writing has appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review, among others.  She was an inaugural finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award that recognizes and honors a poet who is doing innovative and transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. In addition to facilitating her own Creative Fire workshops, Elana teaches poetry to actors at the Juilliard School and sings with the Resistance Revival Chorus, a group of woman activists and musicians committed to bringing joy and song to the resistance movement.

About the Book: Here is a link to the book: Mother Country examines the intricacies of mother–daughter relationships: what we inherit from our mothers, what we let go, what we hold, and what we pass on to our own children, both the visible and invisible. As the speaker gradually loses the mother she has always known and upon whom she has always depended to early onset Parkinson’s disease and mental illness, she asks herself: “How do you deal with the grief of losing someone who is still living?” The caregiving of a child to her parent is further compounded by anxiety and depression, as well as the pain of a miscarriage and the struggle to conceive once more. Her journey comes full circle when the speaker gives birth to a son and discovers the gap between the myths of motherhood and a far more nuanced reality.

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Meeting ID:   830 9775 8025     Password: Mishkon                               

The program is free, but donations are greatly appreciated here


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