Penn Professor Kathryn Hellerstein Wins National Jewish Book Award

The Jewish Book Council has named University of Pennsylvania professor Kathryn Hellerstein recipient of the 2014 Barbara Dobkin Award for Women’s Studies for her A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987 (Stanford University Press, 2014).

The National Jewish Book Awards highlight the best new English-language Jewish books and their authors in a range of categories.

Hellerstein is an associate professor of Yiddish in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures in Penn Arts & SciencesHer books include Anthology of Women Yiddish Poets (forthcoming), In New York: A Selection (translations of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern) and Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky. She is co-editor of Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology. Her many scholarly articles on Yiddish literature and, most recently, Yiddish literature about China are published in journals, anthologies and encyclopedias.

Hellerstein has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Penn.

The Jewish Book Council awards will be presented on March 11 at the Center for Jewish History in New York.