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Virtual Poetry Reading, 1.22.23

Jaclyn Piudik and I are excited to announce that The Writer’s Center will host a VIRTUAL reading featuring our book, Seduction: Out of Eden, on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 3:00pm Eastern Time. Musician and poet Raquel Solomon will play some of her compositions based on our poems, and there will be time for Q&A and discussion.

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Seduction: Out of Eden, published by Kelsay Books in summer 2022, is a modern reimagining and midrash of the biblical book of Genesis from creation through the expulsion from the Garden. The poems are eclectic in style and offer a lyrical interpretation of creation, the Garden of Eden, and the expulsion, drawing on biblical text as well as exegetical, midrashic, and contemporary sources.


We hope you can join us!

Our bios:

Janet R. Kirchheimer is the author of How to Spot One of Us, poems about the Holocaust and her family (Clal, 2007) and Seduction: Out of Eden, co-authored with Jaclyn Piudik (Kelsay, 2022). She is producing AFTER, a cinematic documentary in which poets and actors present poems about the Holocaust and examine the responsibility of art to respond to genocide. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poems and essays appear in numerous print and online journals, and anthologies including Connecticut Review, Atlanta Review, Mudfish, Limestone, and The Poet’s Quest for God. Her chapter, “At the Water’s Edge: Poetry and the Holocaust,” appears in The Psychoanalytic Textbook of Holocaust Studies (Routledge, 2019). Her website:

Jaclyn Piudik is the author of To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017), Seduction: Out of Eden, co-written with Janet R. Kirchheimer, and three chapbooks, the corpus undone in the blizzard (Espresso Chapbooks 2019), Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8). Her poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, and Barrow Street. She received a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing, the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the 2022 Very Small Verse Prize from the League of Canadian Poets. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto. Her website is

Raquel Solomon is a poet, composer, and songwriter. She studied flamenco guitar in Granada and plays violin, as well. She incorporates themes of family, music, and Judaism in much of her writing. Her poetry has been published in Mudfish, Spilt Ink, The Columbia Journal of American Studies, Voices Israel, The Bronx Memoir Project, Tiferet, and other literary journals. Most recently her poem, Alef Beys, was chosen for The David Labkovski Proect, an online exhibit of paintings about Vilna, Lithuania. She is currently recording a song she composed to her grandfather’s Yiddish poem with opera singer Cheryl Warfield, artistic director of More Opera in NYC, and her mother composed and will record the piano arrangement.

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