Dina Elenbogen

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Dina Elenbogen, an award winning poet and prose writer, is author of the poetry collection Apples of the Earth ( Spuyten Duyvil , NY 2006) and the forthcoming memoir, Drawn from Water: An American Poet Discovers Israel and the Ethiopian Jews (BKMK Press, University of Missouri 2015.) Her poem "A New Year" is a 2014 recipient of the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize and will appear in the May issue of December Magazine. Her poem "A Voice" received first place in the 2014 Anna Rosenberg Award contest from Poetica Magazine, and her poem "This Year in Jerusalem" was a finalist. Her poem "Countries" was a finalist in the 2014 Raynes Poetry Competition from Jewish Currents and will appear in their forthcoming anthology on unions (May, 2014.)

Her poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies and literary magazines including City of the Big Shoulders (University of Iowa, press, 2012), Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose, and photography( De Paul Humanities Center, 2011),Beyond Lament (Northwestern University Press), Without a Single Answer: Poems on Contemporary Israel (Judah Magnes Museum Press), Sarah’s Daughters Sing (Ktav Publishers), and magazines such as Prairie Schooner, Calyx, Poet Lore, Rhino, Paterson Literary Review, Voices Israel and numerous others. Her poem “A Jew in Vienna” was the recipient of the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize. She has completed a second poetry collection entitled The Language of Rivers which is in circulation.

She received two fellowships in creative nonfiction from the Illinois Arts council, as well as a grant from the Evanston Arts Council. Excerpts of it have appeared in the anthology Lost on the Map of the World: Jewish-American Women’s Quest for Home in Essays and Memoirs, 1890-present (Peter Lang Publishers) and the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual.

Elenbogen’s essays have appeared in magazines including Tikkun, Chicago Reader, New City, Midstream, the JUF News, Chicago Jewish News and the anthology Word by Word: The Iowa Writer's Workshop 75 Years
(University of Iowa Press, 2011).

Her fiction has appeared in the anthology, Nice Jewish Girls: Growing Up in America, (Penguin/​Plume), Hadassah Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, and the anthology Where We Find Ourselves (SUNY Press, 2009.)

Dina received a MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and a BA with honors in English and a certificate in Jewish studies from Indiana University.

She teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago Graham School where she received the 2012 excellence in teaching award and gives poetry and prose readings, leads workshops and lectures on Jewish Literature at numerous venues including universities, libraries, and cultural centers.
She consults individually with creative writers, and students working on college essays and other projects.

Dina lives in Evanston Illinois with her husband Steve Siegel and their children Sarina and Ilan.

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Short Story from the Anthology Where We Find Ourslves: Jewish Women around the World Write about Home
“...a marvelous first collection. In elegant luminous language Elenbogen evokes the places and people she loves and grieves over.”
--Lynne Sharon Schwartz
(from Tikkun Magazine Jan./Feb. 2001)