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Zohar Atkins

Zohar Atkins
Books by this author: Nineveh
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  • Zohar Atkins is a poet, rabbi and theologian, based in New York. He earned a DPhil in Theology from Balliol College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BA and MA from Brown. He is the author of An Ethical and Theological Appropriation of Heidegger’s Critique of Modernity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). His poetry won an Eric Gregory Award in 2018. Other poems have appeared in New Poetries VII, Blackbox Manifold, The Glasgow Review of Books, PN Review, The Lehrhaus, TYPO, and elsewhere. Atkins is the founder of Etz Hasadeh, a Center for Existential Torah Study, and a David Hartman Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.
    'Nineveh is an astounding debut collection full of originality and adding to the vast and rich culture of Jewish poetry [...] the collection is imaginative, full of ancient wisdoms and modern truths sometimes rendered in witty and profound revelations. Atkins' name will surely echo among poetry lovers for a long time to come; Nineveh is a book to own.'

    DURA Dundee Review

       'One of the freshest debuts in recent years, with a clear sense of mission that ranges widely across secular and religious culture...the typical speaker in a Zohar Atkins poem, if not straight out of the bible, is a figure adrift in late capitalism, seeking to negotiate our globalised cloud-based moment in history.'
    Andrew Neilson, Magma
    'Nineveh takes delight in bringing disciplines and dictions together to interrogate history and each other. Incantation and instruction, meditation techniques and social media... Atkins is alive to the sheer j-oy of his art, including its significance for meditation. There's an underlying awareness of what poetry can achieve through its own self-examination, and a potential for ecstasy as well as crisis in many of his poems'
    The Guardian,'The Oy of the Poyem: 28 Exercises in non-Mastery' is Poem of the Week, June 24th 2019
    'The poems in Nineveh take ancient clay and sculpt vigorously innovative shapes: how very refreshing to plunge into a collection which re-thinks historical Jewish religion and culture with such subversive, witty originality. 'Revelatory' is not too strong a word.'
    Carol Rumens
    Awards won by Zohar Atkins Winner, 2022 The Hiett Prize in the Humanities Winner, 2012 Oxonian Review Poetry Prize
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