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BETH EL WELCOMES POET & AUTHOR EVA SKRANDE

FRIDAY, APRIL 19

Eva Skrande is a Cuban Jew (Jubana) whose family fled Cuba when she was five. She spent the rest of her childhood in Miami, Florida. She attended the Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami for junior and senior high school. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. She is the author of My Mother's Cuba (River City Publishing, 2010) and Bone Argot (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019). Her third book, The Boat That Brought Sadness into the World, will be out in June of 2024 and can now be ordered as part of an advance sale promotion from Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in Agni, The Iowa ReviewSmartish PaceThimble, The American Poetry ReviewPloughshares, The Cortland Review, Clockwise Cat, and elsewhere.  Skrande has received fellowships from the University of Houston, the Inprint Foundation, and the Houston Arts Alliance. She has taught for Writers in the Schools, the University of Houston, Houston Community College, and the Houston Independent School District. She currently tutors at Houston Community College. She lives in Houston with her husband and daughter.  Her book can be purchased here.

 

 

I open my door to all prophets,
let all who are lonely and fleeing
their own sad centuries 
 
come and eat. 
We wash our hands before we bless the bread 
and sing in praise of the sea grape trees 
 
for how well they carry their age, for how well,
despite growing along the shore, 
 
they withstand the jetsam of life. 
 
{excerpt from "Bread" by Eva Skrande|

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