Alicia Jo Rabins
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Black Box Theatre
11-11:50 a.m. – Q&A about living as a working artist
12-12:50 p.m. – Live performance
2-2:30 p.m. – Poetry reading from Divinity School
Free and open to all
Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, performer, composer, and Torah scholar who creates interdisciplinary work combining contemporary stories, ancient texts, and experimental beauty.
A classically trained violinist since the age of 3, Alicia tours internationally with Girls in Trouble, her indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, with whom she has released three albums. Her one-woman chamber-rock opera, A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, debuted at Joe’s Pub (NYC) in 2012 and was selected by the Willamette Week as one of Portland’s five best theatre performances of 2014.
She has performed bluegrass music across Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, and has received fellowships and awards from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Bread Loaf Writers Conference.
Alicia’s debut poetry book, Divinity School, was selected from more than 850 entries for the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and was published by APR/Copper Canyon in September 2015. Alicia holds a MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College, a MA in Jewish Women’s Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a BA in English from Barnard College. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two young children.