B.E. Kahn, Pushcart Prize Nominee, is a grant recipient of both the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and the Council for Basic Education (the latter funded by The Pew Memorial Trust). She has been awarded numerous prizes for her poetry. Her poems have appeared in Harrisburg Review, Apiary, Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal, Mad Poets Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal and the online Tupelo Press Poetry Project among other publications.
A retired school teacher and speech therapist, she lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania and has taught poetry to intergenerational, interfaith women's groups. She is a member of the 34th Street Poets Collective. B.E. Kahn is the author of three chapbooks: Spring Apples Silver Birch, 2008, Greenleaf Press; Landscapes of Light, 2010, Poets Wear Prada Press; and Night Spark: The Zoe Poems, Sept. 2013, Finishing Line Press. She was a finalist for the Mad Poets Joie de Vivre Book Competition, 2013.
September, 2013: Finishing Line Press released B.E. Kahn's third chapbook, Night Spark: The Zoe Poems. Follow this link to read an interview about the book at treeriesener.blogspot.com.
March, 2013: She is a Finalist in the Mad Poets Joie de Vivre Book Competition.
November, 2010: She has been nominated for the 35th Annual Pushcart Prize.
"HOT OFF THE PRESS: LANDSCAPES OF LIGHT
Takes Readers on a Spiritual Road Trip from Athens to Jerusalem
HOBOKEN, NJ (November 1, 2010):
Poets Wear Prada is pleased to announce the release of Philadelphian native B. E. Kahn's LANDSCAPES OF LIGHT. 24 poems take you on spiritual road trip from Athens to Jerusalem, intertwining Greek, Arabic and Jewish cultures, the ever present past, ancients myths and legends, tradition, relics and the transient present of our "gifted days." All the while Kahn's strong voice, a bright & steady beacon, illuminates as she observes, reflects and questions, guiding the reader through sometime painful histories to the future possibilities, reminding us that "Our language differs, but smiles, gestures carry our thoughts across the wire of our minds. "The inviting front cover illustration "Let's go to Greece," is by Lila Rostenberg of Fayetteville, Arkansas..." Read the entire press release here.
Links to my poetry on the web...
Her Body Remembers (from Night Spark: The Zoe Poems) at Apiary Magazine.
Poet of the Week (week of June 7, 2010) at Poetry Super Highway
12th Annual Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Issue (April 19 - 25, 2010)
Until the Photo Was
Developed (from Landscapes of Light) appeared in The New Verse News Online
Journal, Wed. Nov. 28, 2007
Ode to the Worm appeared in the Tupelo Press Online Poetry Project, June 2007
She has read her poetry at Barnes & Noble Book Stores, Robins Book Store, The Big Jar, Qbix Gallery and other venues in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Massachsetts and Arizona. At the Jewish Reconstructionist Convention, 2007,
she read from Landscapes of Light while her son, Nate Kahn, a professional musician and band leader (soulpatchphilly.com) in the Philadelphia area, accompanied her on his guitar.
Upcoming Events & Readings...
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 (6:30P.M.) --
At the University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers House at 38th & Locust Walk, B.E. Kahn will read with The 34th Street Poets, a Collective of which she has been a member and which has been meeting weekly since 1992. Current members include Alyson Shore Adler, Deidra Greenleaf Allen, Sandra Chaff, Barbara Daniels, Minna Duchovnay and Cindy Savett.
Past Events & Readings...
Wednesday, August 12th 2015, 7:00P.M., at Fergie's Pub, 1214 Sansom St Phila. Pa, B.E. Kahn read with "The Osage Writers" a large group taught by poet, Leonard Gontarek, the terrific Philadelphia teacher and mentor. The evening, a tribute to poetry.
Saturday, August 1, 2015 -- "A Little Summer Madness" Media Burrough Hall in the Parlor, P.M., the 34th Street Poets: Deidra Greenleaf Allen, Sandra Chaff, Minna Duchovnay and B.E. Kahn read.
Sunday, April 19th, 2015 -- Blue Marble Bookstore, Carpenter Lane, Phila., 4:00P.M "Four Poets: Facets of their Jewish Journeys" Cathy Cohen, B.E. Kahn, Hila Ratzabi, and Hal Sirowitz all read poems on Jewish themes.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- P.M.,Philly Poetry Day at Main Library, 21st & Parkway: A "Pop-Up" Poetry Reading by B.E. Kahn and friends from the 34th Street Poetry Collective. As happened last year, wonderful poets sauntered in, stood at the foot of the central, grand staircase and read.
Monday, December 1, 2014 -- J.C. Todd and B.E. Kahn read at the Main Philadelphia Library, 21st & Parkway at 7p.m.
Saturday, Sept 27, 2014 -- 2-5p.m. B.E. Kahn was part of a citywide celebration of 100 Thousand Poets for Change.
The first reading took place at the Greenline Cafe, 43rd and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
She read at a second venue for 100 Thousand Poets for Change: Moonstone Arts, 5p.m.-on, at Brandywine Workshop, 728 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, Sept 20, 2014 -- B.E. Kahn led a poetry session for Selichot, on the subject of Forgiveness as part of the High Holy Days, at Or Hadash Reconstructionist Synagogue, 190 Camp Hill Road, Fort Washington, Pa 19034.
Saturday, Sept 6, 2014 -- Graveyard Voices
You can buy your ticket online (click for more information and to purchase tickets) ; at the new fringe headquarters and box office; or, if tickets are still available, at the gate the evening of the performance. We do encourage you to buy your ticket in advance if possible.
Cemetery seating is on the grass, so bring a blanket or chair if you need one. In the event of rain, the performance will be held inside the church.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 -- Musehouse Center for the Literary Arts, 7 pm. 7928 Germantown Ave. Chestnut Hill, PA: Group reading of the 34th St. Poets, my poetry peer group since 1992: Alyson Adler, Deidra Allen, Sandra Chaff, Barbara Daniels, B. E Kahn, and Cindy Savett.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 -- Group Event: Moonstone Arts, Jewish "Y", Broad & Pine, Phila, PA, 12:30 pm
Saturday, December 7th, 2013 -- 7:00 p.m., B. E Kahn read with Kristina Moriconi at Musehouse Center for the Literary Arts, 7924 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 -- at 7:00 p.m. B.E. Kahn read at Fergie's Pub, 1214 Sansom St, Phila. PA 19103. Her son, Nate Kahn singer, guitarist, leader of his band, "Soul Patch" performed during and after she read.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 -- 7 to 9 pm , B.E. Kahn read with Bernadette McBride: Multi-Genre Poets & Artists at Wallingford Community Center. 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086. B.E. Kahn also exhibited some of her paintings at the reading. A photo of one of her canvases is the cover of "Night Spark: The Zoe Poems".
Tues., December 20, 2011:
7:00 pm, THE GREEN LINE CAFE PRESENTS: An Open-Invitational Reading
Hosted by Leonard Gontarek & Lillian Dunn. The Green Line Cafe is located at 45th & Locust Streets.
*Readers were invited to read two of their own poems and one poem by a poet they consider overlooked, with a brief statement about the poet and why you think their work is significant.
John Timpane + Betti Kahn + Rosemary Cappello
Ditta Baron Hoeber + Meredith Avakian
Michele Belluomini + Clinton Smith + Janet Fishman
Rafi Lev + Bob Gamberg + Kathryn Rose
Naila Claudia Schulte + Janet Spangler
Autumn McClintock + Charles Carr
Hanoch Guy + Lillian Dunn + Leonard Gontarek
Mon., October 17th, 2011:
6:00 p.m., at the Penn Bookstore, 36th & Walnut St, B.E. Kahn read with the 34th St. Poets, a group she's been a member of for 20 years. The other current members are: Alyson Adler, Deidra Allen, Sandra Chaff, Barbara Daniels and Cindy Savett. Most are published poets and all have unique poetic voices.
Tues., March 22nd, 2011:
7:00 pm, Robins Bookstore, 13th & Sansom Streets, Phila., PA. B.E. Kahn and Michelle Belluomini read.
Sun., Jan. 9th, 2011:
3:15-5:30 pm at the Manayunk Art Center, 419 Green La.(rear), Manayunk, PA.
ETHNIC VOICES: 6 Poets of The Philadelphia Poets Journal--Mel Brake, Joseph Cillufffo, Anna Evans, B.E. Kahn, Jim Mancinelli & Emiliano Martin read their poetry. Rosemary Cappello, Editor emceed.