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Adult 55+ Poetry Reading: Yerra Sugarman


Poetry heals. Poetry brings us together. Poetry reveals our humanity. We need poetry in these challenging times. On November 9, our poet-in-residence, Harriet Shenkman, PhD, will bring poet, essayist, and teacher Terra Sugarman to the JCCMW to discuss her recent works and influences. Cost: $18 Adult Membership Pass holders attend for free, but RSVP is requested. Learn more about the Adult Membership Pass.

About the Featured Poet

Yerra Sugarman is the author of three full-length volumes of poetry: Aunt Bird (Four Way Books, 2022), which won American Book Fest’s 2022 Annual Best Book Award for General Poetry, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Poetry; The Bag of Broken Glass (Sheep Meadow Press, 2008), poems, which received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; and Forms of Gone (Sheep Meadow Press, 2002), winner of PEN American Center’s Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Nation, and New England Review. She holds an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston. The daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors, she grew up in a community of Holocaust survivors in Toronto, Canada, where she was born.

About the Presenter

Harriet Shenkman is the current poet-in-residence at the JCC Mid Westchester. She earned a PhD from Fordham University and an MEd from Duke University. Her poetry awards include the Women’s National Book Association Annual Writing Contest in Poetry, and the Women Who Write International Poetry and Short Prose Contest. Her poetry appeared in Union, the Raynes Poetry Competition Anthology, Evening Street Review, Third Wednesday, Jewish Currents, Jewish Magazine, Westchester Review. Oyez Review, The Alexandria Quarterly, Comstock Review, The Berru Poetry Series of the Jewish Book Council, and two poetry chapbooks published by Finishing Line Press, Teetering and The Present Abandoned. A new collection of her poems entitled Wonder Wheel is forthcoming from Grayson Books. Verve 55+ Living, powered by UJA-Federation of New York  

Event Details


Thursday, November 9, 11:00 AM12:30 PM

999 Wilmot Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583 United States


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