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Kathy Engel

Poet and essayist Kathy Engel is an educator, organizational strategic consultant, and co- founder and former director of MADRE, the international women’s human rights group.

Her writings have been published in The Iowa Review, The Nation (online), Poetry Magazine, Poet Lore, The Wide Shore, and elsewhere. Recent books include Ruth’s Skirts (available at Amazon), IKON, The Kitchen, and We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, co-edited with Kamal Boullata.

Kathy is Associate Arts Professor and Chair of the Department of Art & Public Policy, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. She has worked as producer, publicist, and convener with artists, change-makers, and scholars in multiple forms and venues, from street actions to poetry readings to multimedia performance pieces, spanning the last 40 years.

This is Kathy's second year as a participating writer and along with Cynthia Dewi Oka, will participate in the Public ConversationIN THESE TIMES: Writing. Terror. Possibility. Moderated by Alexis DeVeaux.

Kathy Engel

Banana - Children's Book

Ruth’s Skirts - Poetry

The Kitchen  - Non-fiction

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We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon

 - Kamal Boullata (Editor), Kathy Engel (Editor)

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Wind Dancer: A storm in the Pacific. Survival. Conquering fear. A sailing story based on true events. 

- Non-fiction

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