Born in London on the last night of the Blitz, Karen Alkalay Gut grew up in Rochester, New York, completing a Ph.D in 1975 at the University of Rochester.
Since 1972 she has been in Israel, teaching poetry at Tel Aviv University.
Chairs the Israel Association of Writers
She is Vice Chairperson of the Federation of Writers Unions in Israel, and also a board member of the Yiddish Writers Association.
has a number of poetry collections to her
Some of her
important poetry books are Making Love: Poems, Ignorant Armies
, The Love of Clothes and Nakedness and In My Skin . Her
poetry has appeared in The American Voice, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Bitterroot, Webster Review, Cedermere Review, Moving Out, Lilith, Argo, New Outlook, Jewish Frontier, Jerusalem Post
, Ariel, Hoopoe, grasshopper, Forward, Jewish Quarterly, Israel Horizons, Present Tense, London Calling, Israel Magazine
, Understanding, Gypsy, War, Literature, and the Arts, and other journals and anthologies.
short stories have appeared in journals in New Zealand, Israel, Canada and the United States.
translations into Italian, Spanish, Yiddish, French and Hebrew have been published in journals around the world.
poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Spanish ,Romanian ,Yiddish and Italian languages.
This poetess of high academic taste was disturbed by displacement and dislocation in alien USA.
has written thus about her
predicament in The Preface to her
poetry collection, In My Skin:
...one of my major reasons for moving to Israel in 1972 was that I wanted to be 'normal', to be able to avoid the constant obsession with Jewish identity that I thought characterized me because it seemed to characterize all of the Diaspora.
In the just mentioned statement, she
has voiced the concern of alien Diaspora throughout the world.
In a way, her
poetry does have a universal appeal.
The vibrating notes of her
poetry find echo in every human heart.
NKA: A person of Jewish identity in her skin, Karen was born in London and studied in USA.
NKA: What is the relationship between Karen Gut
, the teacher and Karen Gut