Workers Circle Presents: The Poetry of Cultural Re-Creation – A conversation with Irena Klepfisz on Jewish and Gender Identity
For a generation, the poetry of Irena Klepfisz has staked new ground in understanding and catalyzing Jewish and gender identity. As we mark Pride Month in 2022 and face a global rise in fascism and hatred, Irena’s poetry continues to be a wellspring for resistance, imagination, and justice.
Join the Workers Circle in a conversation with Irena Klepfisz, feminist, lesbian, socialist, Yiddishist, poet, professor, and activist about her journey and the shifts in gender and Jewish identity over the last half-century. Irena will read selected poems from her corpus including classics like Bashert as well as new poems from her upcoming collection, Her Birth and Later Years: New and Collected Poems, 1971-2021, forthcoming from Wesleyan Press later this year. At the end of the program, Irena will take questions from the audience.