DOROT Announces June Programming with Acclaimed Poet Jessica Greenbaum


Whether you’re a poetry lover or first-time explorer, join DOROT on Sunday, June 3, for an afternoon with acclaimed poet, author, and teacher Jessica Greenbaum. Jessica, the type of poet who “likes poems where you know what’s going on,” will offer her perspective on what inspires her to write, share selections from her poetry published in The New Yorker, and invite audience members to engage in lively discussion.

“We are so excited to bring poet Jessica Greenbaum, who’s earned comparisons to Walt Whitman and Hart Crane, to our community,” says Wendy Handler, Director of Lasting Impressions at DOROT. “Her poetry is both beautiful and accessible, reflecting everyday observations that everyone can relate to that also take your breath away.”

Jessica, who has won many poetry awards over her career, has been braiding a life from the strands of poetry, Judaism, and social work. Her work has appeared in more than 80 publications worldwide, including nine poems published in The New Yorker. Her third book, Spilled and Gone, will be published next spring. In addition, Jessica has created poetry workshops for older adults at St. Peter’s Senior Center and for 9/11 first responders through the World Trade Center Health Program, and teaches regularly at Barnard College, Brooklyn Poets, and Central Synagogue.

DOROT’s afternoon of poetry is part of a new initiative to offer programs for older adults on Sundays and evenings. The event will take place from 2:00-3:00PM on June 3; poetry packets and refreshments will be provided to all.

Still want more poetry? Every Thursday in June, Jessica will be back at DOROT for Everyday Revelations: A Poetry Reading and Writing Group. In this 90-minute workshop offered from 10:30-noon on June 7, 14, 21, and 28, you’ll have the chance to read and discuss the kinds of poems where revelation is not buried too far beneath. Each week, Jessica will bring in a packet of a few poems by published poets to discuss, and you’ll have time to write to poetry prompts and share your work if desired (Note: This workshop is for everyone–no previous writing experience is required).

Due to space limitations, all those planning to attend the reading and/or workshop must register by contacting Wendy Handler at or 917-441-3724.

About DOROT:
DOROT is a social service agency dedicated to alleviating social isolation among older adults by providing services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. For more than four decades, DOROT has been an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism.

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