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Objectivist Poetry: An Introduction
Jewish-American Modernism

Joel Lewis

Arts & Performance, Identity & Responsibility

In the early 30's, a young poet named Louis Zukofsky edited a special "Objectivist" issue for Poetry Magazine. What made Objectivism unique was that the major figures of the movement were not only Jewish, but raised in Yiddish-speaking homes. After decades of obscurity, Objectivism was discovered by poets such as Robert Creeley and Allen Ginsberg and has since become recognized as a major 20th Century poetry. This session will serve as introduction to this unique group of Jewish writers.

Joel Lewis

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Joel Lewis is a poet, anthologist, editor and freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Forward, Moment, Midstream and Utne Reader. His most recent book of poems is "Learning From New Jersey." A social worker by day, Joel has previously taught writing at Rutgers University, the New School and the Poetry Project.

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