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Chana Bloch

Berkeley poet Chana Bloch has a fourth book of poetry out, and like her award-winning Mrs. Dumpty, the new volume, Blood Honey, is on the road to success — most recently with a glowing review in the Times Literary Supplement. Jane Hirschfield has written of the poems in Blood Honey, "They know some things about life that are hard to put into words, and for those things, they find words, and more." After more than thirty years of teaching and directing the Creative Writing Program at Mills College, Bloch has been taking time to focus on her own writing, as well as translation of poetry, and the results look promising: In addition to Blood Honey, Bloch's latest translation (in collaboration with Chana Kronfeld) of Israeli poet Dahlia Ravikovitch's work, Hovering at a Low Altitude, has garnered praise from Adrienne Rich, Sandra Gilbert, and Alicia Ostriker, among others. When she's not writing, translating, or giving readings, Bloch serves as poetry editor of Persimmon Tree, an online arts journal for women over sixty (PersimmonTree.org). Bloch is one of the quiet stars that makes the East Bay lit scene shine so brightly; catch her if you can.

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