2014-2015   Upcoming Events:


                                         WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2014




Former Buffalonian Rachel Tzvia Back, PhD, an Israeli, a poet, a translator and a professor of  English Literature at Oranim College in Kiryat Tivon, Israel, is coming to Buffalo on October 1st to give two talks – including poetry readings - on the poetry of the much celebrated Israeli poet Tuvia Ruebner.  She comes to Buffalo in conjunction with a book tour in America featuring her newest book of translations, In the Illuminated Dark: Selected Poems of Tuvia Ruebner (Hebrew Union College Press, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014).  Her own most recent original poetry collection, A Messenger Comes (Elegies), was voted by Forward Magazine one of the five most notable poetry collections of 2012.  Thus we will have one poet reading and commenting on the poetry of another. 

Dr. Back’s 2014 book is the first collection of Ruebner’s work to appear in English.  Ruebner's work is important but little known in the English speaking world; this collection aims to rectify that.  Ruebner is of Pagis and Amichai's generation (and was a dear friend of the former), and has received every major award for poetry in Israel and in Europe too. In the present year there were many events in Israel marking his 90th birthday - and his distinctive poetic voice.  


                   Dr. Rachel Beck will give two presentations on Wednesday, October 1st:

12:00 noon, University at Buffalo, North Campus, 708 Clemens Building (Samuel Friedman Judaica Library), Buffalo, NY 14260. 

7:00 pm, Talking Leaves Bookstore, 951 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222. 

                   Both talks are free and open to the public.  The voices of poetry speak to all. 



             (Events for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 will be posted when speakers, topics, dates, times, places are finalized.)