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Ladin Publishes and Lectures Extensively

Joy LadinJoy Ladin, director of the Beren Writing Center at Stern College for Women and David and Ruth Gottesman Professor of English, has been publishing and speaking extensively.

Brandeis University Press published her second book of creative non-fiction, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and a glowing profile in Tablet.

The book was also the subject of Judaism Unbound's first podcast of the year. The book was officially launched at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which posted a recording of the event, and she also did presentations of it when she delivered the 2018 Georgia Harkness lecture at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California as well as presentations at the University of Connecticut in Stamford and at Rutgers.

Ladin was also one of the featured poets at the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival in Newark, New Jersey, reading and speaking on four panels in two days.

She published two essays, “In the Image of God, God Created Them: Toward Trans Theology” in Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (34.1 (2018): 53–58) and “Challenges to LGBT Inclusion in Jewish Communities: A Firsthand Look” in The Changing Face of the American Jewish Family (Ed. Leonard Sharzer and Burton Visotzy. NY, NY: Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious Studies, 2018. 63-68).

She also published a poem, “Comfort Animal,” in the current issue of Poetry, the premiere poetry magazine in the country.