Kisufim, The Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers and Poets, provides a unique international venue for Jewish writers and poets from Israel and around the world. Its goals are to increase public awareness of the diversity of Jewish literatures, to encourage intellectual interchange and translation efforts and to promote dialogue among the many languages and cultures of Jewish literary creativity.
Kisufim conference will be held on Feb. 5-8.2.13. at both Mishkenot Sha’ananim and at Beit Avi Chai in Jerusalem. In the two previous conferences, held in 2007 and 2009, authors from around the world such as Norman Manea (USA), Cynthia Ozick (USA, video conference), Joseph Skibell (USA), Agnes Heller (Hungary), Hoffman Eva (Poland-Canada), Esther Discereit (Germany), Claude Lanzman (France) and Collette Fellus (France) have participated alongside Israeli authors and poets such as Aharon Appelfeld, Zeruya Shalev, A.B. Yehoshua and Haim Gouri.
The theme of the 2013 conference is “Language and Memory” and 40 Israeli and International writers and poets are expected to take part. Daytime sessions during the four-day conference will include poetry and prose readings; closed encounters and workshops with students, researchers, translators and pupils; video conferences; discussions among poets and writers in different languages – English, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish and others – as well as more intimate encounters between writers and poets who write in the same language. Interdisciplinary festive evening shows and an award ceremony granting the Matanel Young Promising Jewish Writer will be held as well. Kisufim is produced by Miskenot Sha’ananim. Hava Pinhas-Cohen is its artistic director.