Dr. Joy LadinDr. Joy Ladin, David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English and director of the writing center at the Israel Henry Beren Campus, has had a busy year of publishing and presenting.

New Course

  • “The Truth About Lies: Unreliable Narratives in Literature and Law,” at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective

  • Finalist for a Lambda Literary and Triangle Publishing Award (and got a starred review in Publishers Weekly)
  • Excerpt of the book is included in a scholarly roundtable in the current issue of TSQ: Trans Studies Quarterly
  • Nominated for the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, given jointly by the Louisville Seminary and the University of Louisville


  • A leading Dutch poet, Joost Baars, translated nine poems and published them in the journal Terra

Shekhinah Speaks (new poetry project)


  • “Political Poem” appeared in the Persea anthology The Eloquent Poem (edited by Elise Paschen)
  • Wrote the Introduction for the reissue of Trace Peterson’s ground-breaking collection since i moved in


  • Named part of the Architects of the Jewish Future speakers series and gave a talk and a class at the Palo Alto JCC
  • Invited to be a Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (though had to decline)
  • Will be given the Hachmei Lev Award by Keshet in November at their Outstanding! NYC 2019 gala
  • Organized and read at an Associated Writing Programs Conference Featured Panel, “Coloring Outside the Gender Binary: How Transgender Poets are Redefining What It Means to Be Human”
  • Featured reader at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, New York Public Library’s “Stonewall at 50” series, the Trans Literature Today panel at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and The Emily Dickinson Homestead
  • Keynote reader at the Writing By Degrees Biannual Writing Conference at Binghamton University
  • Reading at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts, to high school students in the Jewish Great Books summer program
  • Dozens of invited talks, including a stint as Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Jewish Learning in St. Louis as well as talks at the 25th World Congress of LGBT Jews in Sydney (Australia), Duke University, Brandeis University, Texas A & M, Western Kentucky University and Montclair State University, to name a few places
  • Taught a seminar at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s summer learning program for rabbis
  • Featured on two podcasts, Judaism Unbound and Bible Bash and subject of another by InterfaithRadio, “Trans in the Eyes of God”
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