God enters by a private door into every individual.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The TIFERET Community

TIFERET (tiff-éh-ret) is an interfaith publication and community at the nexus of literature and spirituality.

The TIFERET Journal

Spring/Summer 2023 Issue

This issue contains over 80 pages of poetry, essays, interviews and reviews and features cover art by Richard Stocker.

Writing Classes and Events

Upcoming EventsNEW
New online Writing Classes!

Spiritual Poetry Writing Workshops
New series start throughout the year!

—Monday afternoons with Cit Ananda Fowler, Author and Tiferet Poet
—Tuesday evenings, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons with Donna Baier Stein, Tiferet Founder/Publisher

Join other poetic voices as you look at poems from different eras and different religious traditions and use special prompts to seed your own writing that may be of comfort to yourself and others.

Spiritual Poetry AnthologyOn Amazon
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Introduction by Donna Baier Stein with poems from participants in Tiferet’s spiritual poetry writing workshops.
This collection of poems shares a common theme of the peace found in solitude, in nature, and in stillness. It explores the human experiences of struggle and doubt, while offering healthy doses of hope and humor. In a world that increasingly promotes isolation, this collection of poems is offered as a gift, a connection to readers, a companion on the journey for seekers.

Free Peace Poem Reading by Participants of Tiferet's Spiritual Poetry Writing Workshops

Listen to Our TIFERET Talk Interviews

Intimate conversations with brilliant and eclectic writers. Select an author below to hear their episode of TIFERET Talk.

Juan Felipe Herrera

Juan Felipe Herrera is the current U.S. Poet Laureate and author of 28 books of poetry, YA novels, and collections for children.

Hilma Wolitzer

Hilma Wolitzer is an award-winning American novelist.

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux is an award-winning American poet.

Richard Bausch

Richard Bausch is an award winning short story writer and novelist.

Caroline Leavitt

Caroline Leavitt is an American novelist and bestselling author.

Robert Pinsky

Robert Pinsky is an acclaimed literary critic, professor, editor, best-selling translator, and former U.S. Poet Laureate.

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One of the top journals in the country. From its mesmerizing art cover through page after page of deeply satisfying prose and poetry, Tiferet offers the finest from writers and artists throughout the world.

Julie Maloney

Author and Director of Women Reading Aloud

Thank you for this journal which combines spiritual issues, imaginative issues, aesthetic issues. All of those, I think, need to be in the mix for the richly lived life, the richly observed life.

Molly Peacock

Former President of the Poetry Society of America

This cause is close to my heart. Break down the walls of identification thrust upon us by religion, culture, politicians, leaders etc… there should be only compassion, peace and love in this world.

A. Hosalkar

Please Note: TIFERET is not currently accepting submissions.

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