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Two award-winning poets, Lisa Richter and Ruth Panofsky will read from their recent books and engage in conversation about feminist poetics, the writer’s craft, Jewish identity, the rewards and challenges of writing “in persona” and resilience. The event will consist of two readings, followed by a conversation between the two authors and audience Q&A.

Lisa Richter is a poet, essayist and teacher. She is the author of two books of poetry, Closer to Where We Began (Tightrope Books, 2017) and Nautilus and Bone: An Auto/biography in Poems (Frontenac House, 2020), winner of this year’s National Jewish Book Award for Poetry. Her poetry and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She lives in Toronto.

Ruth Panofsky is an award-winning poet and professor of English at Ryerson University. She is the author of Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems, Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices, and Lifeline. She has published studies of novelist Adele Wiseman, poet Miriam Waddington, and edited The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing.


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