Havurah Shir Hadash celebrates National Poetry Month
Exits & Entrances, a farewell reading by Jonah Bornstein with David Zaslow
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
TWENTY EIGHT YEARS AGO, Jonah Bornstein had just moved to Ashland from New York City and David Zaslow organized a reading for him at SOU to introduce him to the literary community. Almost three decades later, Jonah is leaving our valley for Denver. He will read poems written over the course of these years, many inspired by Southern Oregon’s environment. David will read from his selected poems.
David Zaslow was Jackson County poet-in-the schools in the mid-1970’s. Along with poet Lawson Inada and composer Patti Moran McCoy, he was awarded an American Book Award for educational materials. He is the author of several books including a collection of his poetry entitled Thou Shalt Wander Forty Years, Jesus: First Century Rabbi, and Reimagining Exodus. He is the spiritual leader of the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland.
Jonah Bornstein’s collections of poems include The Art of Waking, Treatise on Emptiness, We Are Built of Light. and co-author of A Path through Stone and Voices from the Siskiyous. He has an MFA in Poetry from New York University. Bornstein is editor-publisher of Wellstone Press and has taught poetry and creative writing at universities in New York City and SOU, as well as in workshops. He was founder of the Ashland Writing Center and co-founder of the Ashland Writers Conference (1997-2002) and ran a poetry reading series at Bloomsbury Books for many years. In Denver, he will begin a new venture: Wellstone Press Poetry Program.