Wherever Jewish folks have gone there has been a wealth of humor, poetry, storytelling, theory, and philosophy that has sprouted up there. In addition, Jewish people have been on the frontlines of rebellions and revolutions around the world. Jews have been targets of persecution and have also been allies.
In this panel we will discuss certain Jewish contributions and contributors to poetry over the years and around the globe. We will also discuss our own approaches as Jewish writers. We'll discuss a legacy of long poems by writers such as Allen Ginsberg, music(ality) and non-musicality as heard in the talk poetry of David Antin, pop culture such as Shia LaBeouf's freestyles, the mundane, and the emotional poetics of Proust's prose. This panel will be an exploration of a literary legacy and in doing so, we'll also be looking at how those styles were used to address certain sentiments. We will be talking about how we work with the personal as well as political from various viewpoints within the larger identity of Jewishness. As such, we'll be discussing a pushback against both antisemitism and Zionism. As well, we will be touching on how other folks such as Plath have used Jewish experience and imagery in their work. And, how Jews such as Emma Lazarus have contributed to what it means to be an American.
We are women and nonbinary folks of Ashkenazi and Sephardic descent. We are Latinx, Black and of European descent. The authors and works we will be discussing attempt to cover a diverse range of what it means to be Jewish.