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WordCount: Jewish Authors on the Power of Writing

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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

126 Crosby St

New York, NY 10012

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New York based authors, journalists, and poets will come together for a night dedicated to the power of written word. Traditionally the day on which the Torah was given, Shavuot is the pivotal moment when an entire people received the words that they’d forever live by, and which would change their destiny.

Talia Lavin, Yitz Jordan aka Y-Love, Ruby Namdar, MaNishtana, Rosebud Ben-Oni speak on the way the words they craft have changed them, and others. Join 92Y and Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe for this alternative celebration of the holiday of Shavuot.

All ticket proceeds support our lifesaving services for homeless New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS

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Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021. She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and CantoMundo. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, POETS.org, The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal,Hunger Mountain, The Adroit Journal, The Southeast Review, North American Review, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, among others. Her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. Her second collection of poems, turn around, BRXGHT XYXS, was selected as Agape Editions Editor’s Choice, and will be published in 2019. She writes for The Kenyon Reviewblog, and currently teaches at The Speakeasy Project and Poets House. Find her at 7TrainLove.org

Talia Lavin is a writer and researcher living in Brooklyn. Her pieces on food, family and the far-right have been published in the New Yorker, the New Republic, the Washington Post and the New York Times Review of Books.

Ruby Namdar was born and raised in Jerusalem to a family of Iranian-Jewish heritage. His first book, Haviv (2000), won The Ministry of Culture's Award for Best First Publication. His novel The Ruined House has won the Sapir Prize, Israel’s most prestigious literary award. He currently lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches Jewish literature, focusing on Biblical and Talmudic narrative.

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