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Kisufim: The Third Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers and Poets

Kisufim conference, inaugurated in 2007, provides a unique international venue for Jewish writers and poets from Israel and around the world and is held at both Mishkenot Sha’ananim and at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem.

Kisufim provides a unique international venue for Jewish writers and poets from Israel and around the world. Its goals are to increase public awareness of the diversity of Jewish literatures, to encourage intellectual interchange and translation efforts, and to promote dialogue among the many languages and cultures of Jewish literary creativity. Bringing together the creative and intellectual powers of Jewish writers, poets and publishers, wherever they may be, reinforces mutual ties and increases translation efforts.

In the two previous conferences, held in 2007 and 2009, authors from around the world such as Norman Manea (USA), Cynthia Ozick (USA, video conference), Joseph Skibell (USA), Agnes Heller (Hungary), Hoffman Eva (Poland-Canada), Esther Discereit (Germany), Claude Lanzman (France) and Collette Fellus (France) have participated alongside Israeli authors and poets such as Aharon Appelfeld, Zeruya Shalev, A.B. Yehoshua and Haim Gouri. The theme of the 2013 conference is “Language and Memory” and 40 Israeli and International writers and poets are expected to take part.

Daytime sessions during the four-day conference will include poetry and prose readings; closed encounters and workshops with students, researchers, translators and pupils; video conferences; discussions among poets and writers in different languages - English, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish and others - as well as more intimate encounters between writers and poets who write in the same language. Interdisciplinary festive evening shows and an award ceremony granting the First Matanel Young Promising Jewish Writer/ Poet will be held as well.

The Third Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers and Poets seeks to enhance ties and initiate exchanges between Israeli writers and Jewish writers of other nationalities and thereby introduce the Israeli public to a variety of literary cultures from around the world.