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Ivy Raff

Queens, New York

with Jennifer Clement

I am the author of two poetry collections: the bilingual English/Spanish What Remains / Qué queda (Editorial DALYA, forthcoming 2023), winner of the Dolors Alberola International Poetry Prize; and Rooted and Reduced to Dust (Finishing Line Press, forthcoming 2024).  At UTV’s master class with Jennifer Clement, I’ll complete the generative work and a first round of edits on my third collection. Following a twenty-year career at the intersection of health technology and public policy, I shifted my focus to writing and freelance editing, translation, and website design in 2021.  My poems explore evolving relationships to family and community, to individual and cultural bodies that live and die out.  Much of the “source material” for the poems root in my own experiences balancing feminisms and activism for Palestinian liberation with my Eastern European Jewish heritage and identity.  Though I’m mainly nomadic, Queens, New York will always be home.  Loves: baking artisan challah from scratch, hikes of any length, my delicious baby nephew.

Ivy Raff - Under The Volcano