23rd Oregon Jewish Voices is Oct. 18

Oregon Jewish Voices brings five writers to the real and virtual stage at 7 pm, Oct. 18. The writers will share selections at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 NW Davis St., Portland, with a Zoom option available.

Started in 1999, and organized by writer Willa Schneberg, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The writers in the 2022 program span a range of genres including fiction, poetry, nonfiction and essays.

Participating this year are:

Bryna Goodman is a Professor of Modern Chinese History at the University of Oregon. Her books include Native Place, City, and Nation: Regional Networks and Identities in ShanghaiGender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in Modern China; and Twentieth Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the Everyday, and the World. Her recent work examines globally circulating institutions and categories of knowledge in modern China, with attention to print culture, gender and political life. The Suicide of Miss Xi: Democracy and Disenchantment in the Chinese Republic was a finalist in Nonfiction for the 2022 Oregon Book Awards. 

Seth Lorinczi is a Portland-based writer whose work focuses on Jewish intergenerational trauma, psychedelics and healing. He was a co-organizer of this year’s “Judaism & the Psychedelic Renaissance,” a first-of its-kind live event. Seth’s memoir Fatherland is slated for publication in late 2023 by Spiral Press Collective. His work also explores his time in the Washington, D.C., punk scene of the 1980s and ’90s. His nonfiction has been published in numerous West Coast and national newspapers, magazines and literary journals, including Moment.

Vivienne Popperl's poems have appeared in Clackamas Literary Review, Timberline Review, Cirque, Rain Magazine, The Poeming Pigeon and other publications. She received second place in the 2021 Kay Snow Award for Poetry by Willamette Writers. Her dream landscape is Provence, Southern France, but she considers the Pacific Northwest her home. Her collection, A Nest In the Heart, was published this year.

Michael Schein wrote Liquid Perishable Hazardous (2019) (poetry), John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (2015) (historical), The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality by AB Bard (2012) (hysterical), historical novels Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011) and Just Deceits (2005). His poetry appears in many journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart three times. He is the founder of LITFUSE Poets’ Workshop and has taught at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Write on the Sound and elsewhere.

Willa Schneberg is a poet, essayist, visual artist, curator and psychotherapist in private practice. She has authored five poetry collections including: In The Margins of The World, recipient of the Oregon Book Award, and her latest volume, Rending the Garment. Willa co-founded Oregon Jewish Voices, now in its 23rd year, with OJMCHE’s director, Judy Margles. The Naked Room, a new collection of poems relating to mental health, is forthcoming, January 2023.

Registration for both the in-person and Zoom program are available at ojmche.org/events/oregon-jewish-voices-2022/.


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