Deborah Kahan Kolb was born and raised in Brooklyn and currently lives in Riverdale. Much of her poetry reflects the unique experiences and challenges of growing up in, and ultimately leaving, the insular world of Hasidic Judaism.
Deborah earned her BA and MA degrees in English/Creative Writing from CUNY Queens College, where she served as editor of the Queens College Journal of Jewish Studies and was the recipient of the James E. Tobin Poetry Award, the Lois Hughson Essay Prize, and the Essay Prize in Holocaust/Genocide Studies. She earned her MS in School Administration and Supervision from Touro College, after which she served as Principal of a private school for disadvantaged children of Central Asian descent.
Deborah's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetica, Voices Israel, Veils, Halos & Shackles (an international poetry anthology on the oppression and empowerment of women), New Verse News, Tuck, Literary Mama, Poets Reading the News, 3Elements Review, Rise Up Review, and Writers Resist. Her poetry won the James E. Tobin Award at Queens College and was selected as a finalist for the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Award.
Deborah’s debut collection, Windows and a Looking Glass (Finishing Line Press, 2017) was a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition. To learn more about it or purchase a copy go to FinishingLinePress.com.
You can visit the author at deborahkahankolb.com.
Check out this recent article in Forbes about Deb: "Career Change After Time Away"