Leah Elimeliah

Leah Kogen-Elimeliah is a poet, essayist, short story and nonfiction writer from Moscow, currently living in New York City. She earned her MFA from City College of New York where she is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Founder and Director of WordShedNYC Reading Series and an Editorial Associate for Fiction literary magazine, Leah has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians, and videographers, on poetry/visual art projects, experimenting with cross genres and multimedia. She's read her work on The Red Stage organized by Creative Time, The NYC Poetry Festival, The Higher Ground Arts Festival, and has been selected as a Public Humanities/Arts Graduate Fellow for the Zip Code Memory Project supported by Columbia, CCNY, NYU, Yale and the Social Science & Humanities Research Council. She is a mentor with Girls Write Now, a national award-winning leader in arts education writing and mentoring organization. Her writing focuses on identity, language, immigration, intergenerational trauma, sexuality, and culture. Leah lives in Manhattan with her husband and their children.

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Fred Hatt’s Triumphant Portraits Bring a Fresh Perspective on the Human Body

“We can only experience the world in the form of a body that is inherently temporary”: The artist talks about the human form, drawing people, and why he takes such a multidisciplinary approach.

Gothic poem about life and death by New York poet and essayist Leah Elimeliah.

I get all tangled up in your wires, mama
my dream had me on my knees
there are witnesses, they don’t howl
at night they don’t bark
their orders are written up
on a white board against black
hollowness inside your curved body.

Ink wash by Nikita Gurnani

you photographed me
exposed, image of your arm
outstretched clenching my neck
squeezing cluster of wind where life
temporarily nestled