Xavier University Department of English
Ryan Writers Series

Fall 2014 Readings

September 9: Rachel Tzvia Back | 7:30 PM, Logan 100

Rachel Tzvia Back, poet, translator, and professor of literature, lives in the Galilee, where her great great great grandfather settled in the 1830s. She has lectured widely in the US and is the recipient of various awards, including a PEN Translation grant, a Hadassah-Brandeis Research grant, and a Dora Maar Brown Foundation Fellowship. Previous volumes of translation include Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama and With an Iron Pen: Twenty Years of Hebrew Protest Poetry. Her own poetry collection A Messenger Comes (Elegies) was voted by Forward Magazine one of the five most notable poetry collections of 2012.

Here is a description of Back's In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner (Hebrew Union College Press):


The poetry of Tuvia Ruebner offers us an exquisite and indispensable voice of the twentieth century. Personal loss and the historical devastation of the Holocaust inform all of his work. Rachel Tzvia Back's translations of select poems are beautifully attuned to the Hebrew originals, even as they create a "new music" in their English incarnations. This first-ever bilingual edition gives readers in both Hebrew and English access to stunning poetry that insists on shared humanity across all border lines and divides.

For further information about the Ryan Writers Series, contact Dr. Tyrone Williams, 513-745-2014, williamt@xavier.edu