Yermiyahu Ahron Taub is the author of the book of short stories Prodigal Children in the House of G-d (London; Cambridge; New York: Austin Macauley, 2018) and six books of poetry, A moyz tsvishn vakldike volkn-kratsers: geklibene Yidishe lider/A Mouse Among Tottering Skyscrapers: Selected Yiddish Poems (Tel Aviv: Bibliotek fun der haynttsaytiker Yidisher literatur/Library of Contemporary Yiddish Literature, 2017), The Education of a Daffodil/Di bildung fun a geln nartsis (Saarbrucken, Germany: Hadassa Word Press, 2017), Prayers of a Heretic/Tfiles fun an apikoyres (Austin, Tex.: Plain View Press, 2013), Uncle Feygele (Austin, Tex.: Plain View Press, 2011), What Stillness Illuminated/Vos shtilkayt hot baloykhtn (West Lafayette, Ind.:Parlor Press, 2008), and The Insatiable Psalm(Hershey, Pa.: Wind River Press, 2005). Tsugreytndik zikh tsu tantsn: naye Yidishe lider/Preparing to Dance: New Yiddish songs is a CD of nine of his Yiddish poems set to music composed by Michał Górczyński and performed by Malerai–Goldstein–Masecki (Poznan, Poland: Multikulti Project, 2014).
Honored by the Museum of Jewish Heritage as one of New York ’s best emerging Jewish artists, Taub has been nominated twice for a Best of the Net Award and four times for a Pushcart Prize. In June 2012, Uncle Feygele was included by poet and editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly Kim Roberts on her “Recommended Reads: Recent Books of Note by and About GLBTQ Poets with Strong DC Ties.”Three of Taub’s poetry books were selected by the critic Amos Lassen for his “The Best in LGBT Literature of 2011: a Personal List.”His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Liberation: New Works on Freedom from Internationally Renowned Poets (Beacon Press, 2015), This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2011), Trot bay trot: haynttsaytike Yidishe poezye/Step By Step: Contemporary Yiddish Poetry(Verbarium/Quodlibet, 2009), and The Prairie Schooner Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Writing (University of Nebraska Press, 1998). Taub has completed artist residencies at A.I.R. Studio Paducah (Paducah, Ky.; 2018), the now shuttered Rivendell Writers’ Colony (Sewanee, Tenn.; 2016), The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (Eureka Springs, Ark.; 2015), and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, Va.; 2014).
Taub is a translator of Yiddish. A 2018 Yiddish Book Center Translation Fellow, he is currently translating three memoirs by Rachmil Bryks (1912-1974). With co-translator Ellen Cassedy, Taub was awarded the 2012 Yiddish Book Center Translation Prize and the 2014-2017 Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies for Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel (1907-1999) (Mandel Vilar Press and Dryad Press, 2016). He appears in, edited the English subtitles for the Yiddish dialogue, and received an additional writing credit for Divan (Zeitgeist, 2003), a documentary film by Pearl Gluck. He served as a creative consultant for Ms. Gluck’s narrative short films Where is Joel Baum (2012) and Summer (2017).
He is active in the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), the professional organization of Hebraica and Judaica librarians. He was a co-chairperson of “Yovel/Jubilee: 50 Years of AJL!” the June 2015 conference celebrating the Association’s fiftieth anniversary, and he currently serves as the chairperson of an AJL committee. Additionally, Taub is the president of the Association of Jewish Libraries/Capital Area Chapter (AJL/CAC). He edited the exhibition catalog Mattityahu Strashun (1817-1885): Scholar, Leader, and Book Collector (New York, N.Y.: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 2001).
Taub was born and raised in an ultra-Orthodox community in Philadelphia, Pa. He received his secondary education at the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia and the Mechina High School of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Md. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Temple University, where he was also named a President’s Scholar. Taub received an M.A. in history from Emory University and an M.L.S. from Queens College, City University of New York.
Yermiyahu Ahron Taub lives in Washington, D.C.
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