Celebrate Chanukah and the season of lights with an evening of poetry! Maine Yetzirah poets Anna Wrobel, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, and Meghan Sterling will read a specially curated selection of their poetry, followed by a Q&A and discussion, hosted by Jim Donnelly. Enjoy a mix of sweet and savory refreshments, including Hanukkah treats, to warm your body and spirit. You won’t want to miss this special event! This is a hybrid event; readings will take place in-person, but a Zoom link will also be provided to all registrants who chose to join us online.
About the poets:
Sally Bliumis-Dunn teaches at the 92nd Street Y and writes features for PLUME. Her poems appeared in New Ohio Review, The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, PLUME, Poetry London, the NYT, PBS NewsHour, 32 Poems, The Writer’s Almanac, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-day, SWWIM and Ted Kooser’s column, among others. In 2002, she was a finalist for the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize. Her third full-length collection, Echolocation, was published by Plume Editions/Madhat Press in March, 2018. She has just completed and is beginning to shop her fourth collection, Go Back and Get It.
Meghan Sterling (she, her, hers) lives in Maine. A multi-Pushcart nominee, her work is out or forthcoming in The Colorado Review, The Los Angeles Review, Meridian, Rhino Poetry, Hunger Mountain, Nelle, Radar, The Idaho Review, Solstice, and many others. These Few Seeds (Terrapin Books, 2021) was a Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Finalist. Self-Portrait with Ghosts of the Diaspora (Harbor Editions), Comfort the Mourners (Everybody Press) and View from a Borrowed Field (Lily Poetry Review’s Paul Nemser Book Prize) are all out in 2023. She is the Program Director at Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Read her work at meghansterling.com. Photography by Molly Haley, mollyhaley.com
Anna Wrobel is an United States historian, teacher, poet and Holocaust Studies educator.
Her history and poetry works are captured in anthologies, journals, including Lilith and Jewish
Currents, two poetry collections and are featured programs at universities, museums and
conferences. Poems from her Shoah manuscript Sparrow Feathers are explored by students in
several states and abroad. Anna’s daughter was born on kibbutz in the Galilee hills and her son
in Maine’s western mountains. Along the way Anna studied theater, was an artisan-farmer,
construction foreman and local teachers’ union president. With musician/writer Jim Donnelly,
she hosted the long-running poetry series Lowry’s Lodge.
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