Back at the absorption center in Ma'alot, Israel 2014
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 newly published memoir, Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story (BKMK Press, University of Missouri March, 2015.) Her poem "A New Year" is a 2014 recipient of the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize and appeared 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. "Countries" was a finalist in the 2014 Raynes Poetry Competition from Jewish Currents and appeared in their 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), Brute Neighbors: Urban Nature Poetry, Prose, and photography( De Paul Humanities Center), 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, Most of What is Beautiful, 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 Drawn from Water 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 Lit Hub, Tikkun, Chicago Reader, New City, Midstream, Quintesstentially New Trier, Sheridan Road Magazine, JUF News, The Times of Israel, Chicago Jewish News and the anthology Word by Word: The Iowa Writer's Workshop 75 Years (University of Iowa Press). She is working on an essay collection which is near completion.
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 at numerous venues including universities, libraries, and cultural centers. She teaches Introduction to Jewish Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and consults individually with creative writers, students working on college essays and other projects.
Dina lives in Evanston Illinois with her husband Steve Siegel and their children Sarina and Ilan.