Yiddishkeit meets Walmart: a poetry reading and talk with Erika Meitner

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Venue:Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU


Meitner, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, wrangles with legacies of trauma and dislocation in her poems, including the loss of Yiddish as mamaloshen. As a native New Yorker living in Appalachia for the past eleven years, as a first generation American, as a Jew, and as the mother of one white son and one black son, her poems speak to the intricacies of Jewish identity across predominately Christian rural American landscapes. Meitner will be reading poems, and discussing her work in the context of her family history, experiences, and identity.

Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Copia (BOA Editions, 2014); Ideal Cities (Harper Perennial, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner; and the forthcoming Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Tin House, The New Republic, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Meitner holds an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Religious Studies, both from the University of Virginia, where she was the first Morgenstern Fellow in Judaic Studies. She is currently an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing Programs director at Virginia Tech.

Free with Museum Admission