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The Poetry of Kabbalah

The Poetry of Kabbalah

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 2:00 pm

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Acclaimed writer Peter Cole joined professor Rachel Shteir for a reading and conversation about his new book, The Poetry of Kabbalah.

Peter Cole is the author of a number of books, including Things on Which I've Stumbled and Sacred Trash: The Lost and Found World of the Cairo Geniza, co-written with Adina Hoffman. He is the translator of numberous volumes from Hebrew and Arabic, including the acclaimed anthology The Dream of the Poem: Hebrew Poetry from Muslim and Christian Spain, 950-1492. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as the National Jewish Book Award for Poetry, the PEN Translation Prize for Poetry, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2007 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Dr. Rachel Shteir is a professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is the author of several books, most recently The Steal, and has written for publications including
The New York Times, Slate, The Guardian, and Tablet. 


"The collection brings readers into the fascinating force field of Kabbalistic verse, where the building blocks of both language and existence itself are unveiled." — Yale University Press

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This program was presented as part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure. The Spertus Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the Margot and Thomas Pritzker Foundation.