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The voice of the jewish poet

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Award-winning internationally published writer and poet Howard Debs makes the case as to why the poet’s voice matters, now more than ever.

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The voice of the jewish poet

  1. 1. The Voice of the Jewish Poet: From King David to Today
  2. 2. “art has judged the judges, pleaded revenge to the innocent and shown to the future what the past suffered, so that it has never been forgotten.” ― John Berger Award-winning internationally published writer and poet Howard Debs makes the case as to why the poet’s voice matters, now more than ever.
  3. 3. “The hand of any poem is open” ― Nick Laird addressing the poet’s function as witness, as ba’al tekiah sounding the clarion call, he explores the lineage of the Jewish poet from biblical times to today presenting readings from varied sources and his own new book Gallery: A Collection of Pictures and Words
  4. 4. “Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” ― Bertolt Brecht What they’re saying. . . “a powerful lesson about the poetry of bearing witness.” — Greenwood Writer's Guild "Congratulations on all your work. It's very impressive." — Jakub Nowakowski, Director, Galicia Jewish Museum Kraków, Poland " ‘Terezin’ is terrific.” —Daniel Menaker, writer and editor, former Executive Editor-in-Chief, Random House “Your poems, photos, commentary are all terrific, deeply affecting. Looking forward to. . .more.” —Trish Saunders, Poet
  5. 5. Bio Howard Richard Debs is a poet, writer, photographer, sometime artist, musician, singer/songwriter. The mentor of his youth Rabbi Louis Katzoff, (ZT”L) was founding editor of Dor le Dor of the World Jewish Bible Society. At age 15 he won a B’nai B’rith oratory competition devoted to the theme “More than Israel has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept Israel.” He studied philosophy and while taking courses at what was then the College of Jewish Studies in Chicago he became and remains intensely interested in the writings of the medieval Jewish thinkers, who also were often poets and mystics steeped in what would become known as Kabbalah. At age 19 he received a University of Colorado Poetry Prize; after spending the past 50 years in the field of communications with recognitions including a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association of America, he resumed his creative pursuits. His essays, fiction, and poetry appear internationally in numerous publications and anthologies. He considers his greatest honor to be an invitation to submit his poetry to be considered for the new Prayer book of The Rabbinical Assembly. He is a finalist and recipient of the 28th Annual 2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards for Poems on the Jewish Experience. his essay “The Poetry of Bearing Witness” appearing in On Being - On The Blog, includes “Terezin: Trilogy Of Names” from his Holocaust Poetry Series; his photography appears in select publications, including in Rattle online as guest artist and editor; his new full length work is Gallery: A Collection of Pictures and Words (Scarlet Leaf Publishing). He is now hard at work on his anthology project New Voices from Salvaged Words: an Anthology of Contemporary Holocaust Poetry and Essays with co-editor Matthew E. Silverman, fellow poet, editor of Blue Lyra Review, and co-editor of The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. Born and bred in Chicago, Howard now lives in sunny South Florida with his wife of 51 years Sheila, where they spend considerable time spoiling their four grandchildren. He is listed in the Directory of American Poets & Writers : https://www.pw.org/content/howard_debs
  6. 6. Contact For information about presentations and readings please contact the author via email at hrdebs@gmail.com or through the contact form on his website: https://communicatorsandcommunications.com/contact/ “In this era of fake news and tweets, with knowledge being devalued in many places, we need, more than ever, to rely on humanity’s history in all its truth, both the ugly and exemplary, to guide our decisions about what is happening around us, pointing where we might be headed.” from the author’s essay “The New Wave of Anti-Semitism: Lest We Forget” published in Reform Judaism

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