TIFERET Staff

Donna Baier Stein

Donna Baier Stein

Founder & Publisher

Donna Baier Stein is the author of The Silver Baron’s Wife (PEN/New England Discovery Award winner)Sympathetic People (Iowa Fiction Award Finalist), and Sometimes You Sense the Difference (poetry chapbook). She was a founding editor of Bellevue Literary Review and founded and publishes Tiferet Journal. She has received a Scholarship from Bread Loaf, a Fellowship from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars, four Pushcart nominations, and prizes from the Allen Ginsberg Awards and elsewhere. Her writing has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and many other journals and anthologies. www.donnabaierstein.com

Adele Kenny

Adele Kenny

Poetry Editor

Adele Kenny is the author of 24 books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been published in journals here and abroad, as well as in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. Her awards include two poetry fellowships from the NJ State Arts Council, a Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, a Writer’s Digest Poetry Award, and a first place Merit Book Award, among others. Her most recent poetry collection, What Matters (Welcome Rain Publishers, 2011), received the 2012 International Book Award for Poetry. One of her poems appeared on the marquee of the rialto West Theater in NYC as part of the 42nd Street Art Project, and her antiques reference books have been cited by Home and Garden Television. A former creative writing professor in the College of New Rochelle’s Graduate School, Adele is founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series and has been poetry editor of TIFERET since 2006. Adele is active in readings and conducts both agency-sponsored and private poetry workshops.

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Gayle Brandeis

Editor-in-Chief

Gayle Brandeis is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write, Dictionary Poems, and the novels The Book of Dead Birds, which won Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize for Fiction of Social Engagement, Self Storage, Delta Girls, and My Life with the Lincolns, chosen as a state-wide read in Wisconsin. Two books are forthcoming in 2017, a memoir, The Art of Misdiagnosis and a collection of poetry, The Selfless Bliss of the Body. She was named a Writer Who Makes a Difference by The Writer Magazine and served as Inlandia Literary Laureate from 2012-2014. Gayle currently lives in North Lake Tahoe and teaches at Sierra Nevada College and the low residency MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles.

Rachel Dacus

Rachel Dacus

Director of Development

Rachel Dacus is a poet and writer whose works include the poetry books Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau, as well the recent Gods of Water and Air, a collection of poetry, prose, and drama. She has written on a variety of subjects, from travel in Italy to growing up a rocket scientist’s daughter during the race-to-space Cold War era. Her poems, stories, essays, reviews, plays, and interviews have appeared in Atlanta Review, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, Rattapallax, and many other anthologies and journals. Read more at http://racheldacus.net.

Lisa Sawyer

Lisa Sawyer

Managing Editor

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Jeremy Birkline

Associate Editor

After graduating with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Jeremy spent a year teaching English in South Korea. The exploration of the countryside invigorated his writing, and upon his return to the States, he began seeking out a graduate program. Jeremy is currently a graduate student at Emerson College, where he is pursuing an MFA in creative writing. His work has appeared in The Criterion and Life and Legend. When he is not reading or writing, Jeremy practices Tae Kwon Do. He is currently ranked as a 4th degree master black belt.

Kristen Turner

Kristen Turner

Associate Editor

Monica

Monica Gurevich-Importico

Graphic Designer

STAFF LIST
Donna Baier Stein
Publisher

Adele Kenny
Poetry Editor

Gayle Brandeis
Editor-in-Chief

Rachel Dacus
Director of Development

Lisa Sawyer
Managing Editor

Monica Gurevich-Importico
Graphic Designer

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS
Bob Rosenbloom
Nancy Lubarsky
Priscilla Orr

ASSOCIATE/ASSISTANT EDITORS
Kristen Turner
Jeremy Birkline
Ben Colandrea
Kate Halse
Tate James
Donna Schmitt
Udo Hintze

BLOGTALK RADIO
Gayle Brandeis
Host

RJ Jeffreys
Contributing Editor & Tiferet Talk
Radio Show Producer

Udo Hintze
Assistant Editor & Tiferet Talk
Radio Show Assistant Producer

INTERNS

Kathy He is an undergraduate English literature major from Queens, New York, currently attending Binghamton University.  She has an interest in library science and dabbles in writing in her free time.

Mary Garhart is a graduate student at Emerson College in Boston and is working towards a master’s degree in Publishing and Writing. She has received a BA in English with a Creative Writing minor and a BS in Business Management at University of Maryland, College Park. Mary hopes to one day work in digital production in either educational or children’s book publishing.

Aaron SchwartzAaron Schwartz is a recent graduate of Binghamton University with a B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing. He is an unpublished writer who is currently working on a collection of linked short fiction. He lives in Rockland County, New York.

Kelly HobkirkKelly Ian Hobkirk is a writer, graphic designer, publication designer, and type designer, currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Antioch University Los Angeles. His custom type and packaging design work have featured in Time Magazine and books published by Rockport and Rotovision. After 30 years in design and a transmogrifying bachelor’s degree trip through Antioch University Seattle, he discovered his truest self, greatest joys, and most valuable learning manifest whist writing books. He is currently writing his second novel, and teetering on the release of his narrative medicine memoir. His poetry has appeared in Licton Springs Review and in his fourth grade school newspaper. When not writing or reading, he rides his bicycle.