Touro Professor Gives Presentation at AWP Conference on Poetry and Jewish Identity

Date: March 01, 2012
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Joshua November, an assistant professor at Lander College of Arts and Sciences – Flatbush, was invited to give a presentation on the topic of poetry and Jewish identity at an Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago on March 1st.

Along with other Jewish poets, November spoke about what it means to be a Jewish poet in the 21st century, the definition of a Jewish poem and poets who either resist or embrace their Jewish identities in their work. November, who teaches Composition and Creative Writing, is an award-winning poet and was a finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry for his first book of poems, God’s Optimism. The Lander College of Arts and Sciences in Flatbush (with separate men’s and women’s schools) offers a wide array of rigorous majors and preprofesional options, with courses designed to meet the education needs of yeshiva and seminary students.