Yael Flusberg interviewed by Susan Schnur

A Very Jewish Poet

Yael Flusberg is the 2010 winner of Poetica Magazine’s annual chapbook competition. The prize is the publication of her newly released collection of poems, The Last of My Village [www.poeticamagazine.com]. The poems — including “Vidui,” “Sukkot,” “Purim,” “A Family Portrait,” “Yom Kippur Blues” — are knowledgeably Jewish, and also worldly. Sifted through Flusberg’s staggeringly tragic childhood, the poems become a monument to healing. Flusberg lives in the Ella Jo Baker Intentional Community Cooperative in Washington, D.C., and makes her living as an executive coach for non-profits, a yoga teacher, and a Reiki practitioner. She is 42.

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