The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

My Path to Writing Bilingual Yiddish-English Poetry

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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet and writer, recalls how she was inspired to write poetry in Yiddish, by the encouragement of her friend, the queer, feminist, Chicana writer, Gloria Anzaldúa.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Irena Klepfisz.

This excerpt is in English.