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New Spice Box Book Launch

Miles Nadal JCC and New Jewish Press (U of T Press) co-present a launch for The New Spice Box: Contemporary Jewish Writing, featuring Ruth Panofsky and Adam Sol in conversation, with readings by Isa Milman and Jacob Scheier. Thursday, April 12: 7pm. FREE.













Isa Milman was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany and, shortly thereafter, her family immigrated to the United States. In 1975, Milman moved to Canada. She received an MA in Rehabilitation Science from McGill University, where she would go on to teach occupational therapy for over ten years. Milman has published three collections of verse: Between the Doorposts (2004), Prairie Kaddish (2008), and Something Small to Carry Home (2012), each of which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry. She lives in Victoria, where she is secretary of the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island and a partner at the Milman Sisters Institute, an organization that utilizes creativity as a means of rehabilitation.


Ruth Panofsky was born and raised in Montreal. She has published three volumes of poetry: Lifeline (2001); Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices (2007), which won the Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry; and Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems (2020), which received a Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Research Award. She is the editor of The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington (2014), the first critical edition of Waddington’s verse. The two-volume edition received the Canadian Jewish Literary Award in the category of Yiddish, the J.I. Segal Award in the category of Canadian Jewish Studies, and the Prose Award for Literature. She is also the editor of the literary journal Parchment: Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing. Panofsky lives in Toronto, where she is Professor of English at Ryerson University.


Jacob Scheier was born and raised in Toronto. Scheier’s writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Descant, Geist, and Rattle, and he is a regular contributor to NOW, the Toronto weekly magazine. When he received a Governor General’s Literary Award for his debut collection, More to Keep Us Warm (2007), Scheier became one of the youngest poets ever to do so. His second collection of poetry, Letter from Brooklyn, was published in 2013. The Toronto Star released his 2013 memoir, My Never Ending Acid Trip: Why I Hallucinate Years After Taking LSD, as an e-book. Scheier lives in Toronto, where he facilitates workshops on writing about grief.


Adam Sol was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. He is the author of four volumes of poetry: Jonah’s Promise (2000); Crowd of Sounds (2003), which won the Trillium Book Award; Jeremiah, Ohio (2008); and Complicity (2015). He is also the author of How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers of Poetry (2019). Sol has published fiction, essays, and reviews in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Joyland Magazine, Lemon Hound, and the Walrus. He lives in Toronto, where he is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression and Society Program at Victoria College in the University of Toronto.

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