American Authors, Transnational Voices Guild Complex

July 31st at 7pm - Guild Complex original series features readings, gallery shows, dance and music performances alongside panel discussions on rotating social justice issues.

At a moment when the US government seems to be pushing much of the rest of the world away, Natania Rosenfeld has assembled a program of writers whose work is informed by backgrounds, experiences, and research that reach across national borders -  Ruth Danon, Dina Elenbogen and Faisal Mohyuddin.

Complimentary event - RSVP encouraged,


07/31/18 - 07/31/18


July 31st at 7pm - The Guild Complex original series features readings, gallery shows, and dance and musical performances alongside panel discussions on rotating social justice issues. By connecting artists and experts in various fields of study, Applied Words uses language as a platform for conversations about contemporary social issues at the local, national, and international level.

At a moment when the US government seems to be pushing much of the rest of the world away, Natania Rosenfeld has assembled a program of writers whose work is informed by backgrounds, experiences, and research that reach across national borders. The memories and histories of persecution, migration, exile, and assimilation threaded through these authors' poetry and prose is a welcome reminder that American writing is always already global.

About the authors

Natania Rosenfeld grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, received her BA from Bryn Mawr College and her Ph.D in English literature from Princeton. She worked as Assistant Curator of Books and Manuscripts at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, taught at the University of Pennsylvania and The Curtis Institute of Music, was Associate Editor at The American Poetry Review, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. She has been a Professor of English at Knox College in Galesburg, IL since 1998. Natania is the author of, Outsiders Together: Virginia and Leonard Woolf (Princeton UP, 2000), several scholarly articles on literary modernism, and a book of poetry, Wild Domestic (Sheep Meadow, 2015). Her e-chapbook, She and I: Essays, (2018) is available for free download at Recent short fiction, personal essays, and poems have appeared in magazines including Southwest Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, The American Poetry Review, Ninth Letter, The Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, Rhino, and POOL. Four of her essays have been listed as "Notable" in Best American Essays. Her in-progress novel, "Hidden," focuses on Jews hidden in World War II, their afterlives in New York as well as those of their hiders in Poland, and their descendants. Natania has completed a collection of personal essays, "Eye, Myself and You: On Art and Identity," and is at work on "Scribbling Jewesses: Intertwined Essays on Else Lasker-Schueler, Charlotte Salomon, Florine Stettheimer, Maira Kalman and Sophie Herxheimer," and a second book of poems, "The Green Lamp."


Ruth Danon is the author of Word Has It (Nirala, March 2018), Limitless Tiny Boat (BlazeVox, 2015), Triangulation from a Known Point (North Star Line, 1990), Work in the English Novel, (Croom-Helm, 1985), and Living With the Fireman (Ziesing Brothers, 1981). Her poetry and prose have appeared in Barrow Street,The Florida Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Post Road, Noon, Versal, Mead, BOMB, The Paris Review, Fence, The Boston Review, 3rd Bed, Crayon, and many other publications. Her work was selected by Robert Creeley for Best American Poetry, 2002. Her poems also appear in the anthologies, Eternal Snow (Nirala, 2017) and Resist Much, Obey Little (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017). She has been a fellow at the Ragdale Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the Ora Lerman Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She grew up in upstate New York on the grounds of the Binghamton State Hospital, where her mother, a Hungarian refugee, worked as a psychiatrist. She is completing a memoir about this experience. She lives in Beacon, New York and teaches in New York City and Beacon.


Dina Elenbogen is author of the poetry collection Apples of the Earth (Spuyten Duyvil, NY 2006) and the memoir, Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story (BKMK Press, University of Missouri, 2015.) Her poems have received the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, the Anna Rosenberg Award from Poetica Magazine, and the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize. She has completed a second poetry collection, Most of What is Beautiful, and an essay collection, Losing our Sages. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in magazines such as Woven Tale Press, Tiferet, Prairie Schooner, Calyx, Poet Lore, Rhino, Paterson Literary Review, Voices Israel, Lit Hub, Tikkun, Chicago Reader, New City, Midstream, Sheridan Road Magazine, JUF News, The Times of Israel, Chicago Jewish News, and Bellevue Literary Review, and in the anthologies City of the Big Shoulders (University of Iowa), Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose, and Photography (De Paul Humanities Center), Beyond Lament (Northwestern UP), Without a Single Answer: Poems on Contemporary Israel (Judah Magnes Museum Press), Sarah's Daughters Sing (Ktav), Word by Word: The Iowa Writer's Workshop 75 Years (University of Iowa), Nice Jewish Girls: Growing Up in America (Penguin/Plume) and Where We Find Ourselves (SUNY Press.) Dina received a MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. She teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School, where she received the 2012 excellence in teaching award, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Faisal Mohyuddin is a writer, artist, and educator from Chicago. He is the author of a poetry chapbook, The Riddle of Longing (Backbone Press, 2017), and his first collection, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018), was selected by Kimiko Hahn for the 2017 Sexton Prize. He also received the 2014 Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner and a 2017 Gwendolyn Brook Poetry Prize. His poetry, fiction, and visual art have appeared in Prairie Schooner, the Missouri Review, Narrative, RHINO, Poet Lore, Chicago Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, New England Review (online), Atlanta Review, Catamaran Literary Reader, the minnesota review, Tinderbox, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Hair Trigger. His poetry is anthologized in Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry (University of Arkansas), The Book of Donuts (Terrapin Books), and Misrepresented People: Poets Respond to Trump's America (New York Quarterly Books). The child of immigrants from Pakistan, Faisal received his undergraduate degree from Carleton College, an MS in education from Northwestern University, and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. He teaches English at Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Illinois, and he serves as educator adviser to Narrative 4, a global not-for-profit dedicated to empathy-building and barrier-breaking through the exchange of stories. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State's Teachers for Global Classrooms (TGC) Program, he has been recognized for innovative teaching by Microsoft and he has twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities summer teaching fellow.


Natania Rosenfeld, Ruth Danon, Dina Elenbogen and Faisal Mohyuddin

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