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Exploring Jewish Poetry

Gerald Stern. Linda Pastan. Denise Levertov. What do these major American poets have in common?

All significantly draw on Jewish texts, culture, and family experience to explore both being and identity in contemporary America.

In this eight-week course, we'll read and discuss poems by these masters of verse, as well as write and workshop our own poems using in-class exercises and assignments that draw on Jewish wellsprings like the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), liturgical poems, folklore, ritual, and family legacy.

Classes will meet virtually on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM, beginning February 21 and continuing for 8 sessions through April 11.

The cost of this 8-week program is $150 per person. The course will be focused on Jewish experience rendered in literature, and everyone is invited to enroll.

Applicants must first submit a writing sample to be considered. Please send your writing sample to You will then receive your Zoom link shortly afterwards.

For more information, call Arnie at 518-374-8173 or email

Susan Comninos is a widely published poet and author of "Out of Nowhere: poems" (Stephen F. Austin State Univ. Press/Texas A&M, spring 2022).
Her individual poems have recently appeared in the Harvard Review Online, Rattle, The Common, Prairie Schrooner, and North American Review.
She has taught writing at Siena College, the College of St. Rose, and SUNY Albany, among others, and is a longtime participant in CGOH events and classes. She lives in Guilderland.

Sun, May 22 2022 21 Iyyar 5782