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Torah, Dharma, & Deep Coherence
July 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Norman Fischer, Alicia Jo Rabins, and Alicia Cohen team up for a poetic dive into ancient texts and meditative practices.
Norman Fischer is a poet, essayist, and Zen Buddhist priest. The serial poems Untitled Series: Life As It Is (Talisman House) and On a Train At Night (Presse Universitede Rouen et Havre) are the latest of his more than twenty-five published titles. His most recent prose works are What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, and Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion. Forthcoming in 2019 from Shambhala Press is The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path. He is the founder of the Everyday Zen Foundation.
Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician, and Torah teacher. Her work explores the intersection of ancient wisdom texts with everyday life. Divinity School, Rabins’ debut poetry collection, won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her second poetry book, Fruit Geode, is forthcoming from Augury Books, an imprint of Brooklyn Arts Press, in October 2018. Her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She is also the creator and performer of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality.
Alicia Cohen received her PhD in the Poetics Program at State University of New York, Buffalo. She wrote her dissertation on experimental realisms and the sense of the visible in Emily Dickinson, Robert Duncan, Leslie Scalapino, and Jack Spicer. She also established and edited a journal of in-process manuscripts, Curricle Patterns. In 2000 she returned to Portland and helped found and run the collective arts space Pacific Switchboard. She has published two books of poems, bEAR (Handwritten Press, 2000) and Debts and Obligations (O Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. In 2004 she produced Northwest Inhabitation Log, a multimedia installation and opera.