Xavier hosts Rachel Tzvia Back, Jewish poet, translator and peace activist, for two public events

Back gives a reading of her own poetry and a lecture about Hebrew poet Tuvia Ruebner | August 27, 2014

The Department of English, in collaboration with Xavier's Jewish Studies program, is hosting Israeli poet, translator and peace activist Rachel Tzvia Back, of Galilee, for two days during the week of Sept. 8. Back holds a poetry reading on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m., and is giving a lecture about the poetry and poetics of Hebrew poet Tuvia Ruebner on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 4:00 p.m. Both events are in Logan Hall Room 100.

The lecture, “Illuminating the Dark: the Poetry & Poetics of Tuvia Ruebner,” tracks the central tenets of Ruebner's poetry and his trajectory from a voice of the Holocaust generation to a poet of protest. It looks at his perspective of loss against the difficult realities of the Middle East. Back recently published a translation of Ruebner’s poetry with Hebrew Union College Press. In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner is the first volume of Ruebner’s poetry to appear in English.

Back has lectured across the United States and is known for her volumes of translated poetry including Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama, With an Iron Pen: Twenty years of Hebrew Protest Poetry, and a volume of her own original work titled A Messenger Comes (Elegies) in 2012.

Back has numerous awards for her work including a PEN Translation grant, a Hadassah-Brandeis Research Grant and a Dora Maar Brown Foundation Fellowship.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact professor Norman Finkelstein at 513-745-2041 or at finkel@xavier.edu.