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So, Dear Writer ...  An It's About Time Writers' Reading Series AnthologyCo-editor with Peggy Sturdivant and Katie Tynan (Cave Moon Press, 2019).

Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer's (Cave Moon Press, 2014) - print edition
Listening to Mozart: Poems of Alzheimer's  (Two Sylvias Press, 2014 - ebook edition

Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary & Poems,  Cave Moon Press, Aug. 2013 - print edition
Dear Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's Diary & PoemsTwo Sylvias Press, Dec. 2013 - ebook edition

The Homeless One: A Poem in Many Voices. Cologne: Suesske, 2004; originally published by Kota Press, Seattle, 2000
Doctoral Dissertation: Irena Klepfisz: A Life in Print - The Early Years, 1975 to 1992, University of Washington, 1994 (available through UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1-800-521-0600)

Masters Thesis: Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party, 1900-1921, Western Washington University, 1981


Alyce Chenault Gullattee, M.D., (1928 - 1920), 2020

Jeanne M. Spurlock, M.D. (1921 - 1999)  BlackPast: Remembered & Reclaimed, 2018

Tildon, T.T. (18 (1893 - 1964)  BlackPast: Remembered & Reclaimed, 2018

White, Joseph L. (1932 - 2017),  BlackPast: Remembered & Reclaimed, December 2017.

Holmes, Dorothy Evans (1943- ), BlackPast: Remembered & Reclaimed, October 2017

Lawrence, Margaret Cornelia Morgan (1914- ), BlackPast: Remembered & Reclaimed. September 2017

"Abney, Veronica D. (1951 - )," BlackPast: Remembered & Reclaimed,  August, 2017.

"Pinel Foundation Psychiatric Hospital (Seattle), 1948 - 1958)," HistoryLink.Org: the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, June, 2017

Allison. George H. "Mike, M.D. (1921 - 2016)," HistoryLink.Org: the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, February, 2017.

Douglass W. Orr, Father of Seattle Psychoanalysis,"HistoryLink.Org: the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, , March 2013

Why Write Biography: Dr. Siegfried Berthelsdorf Provides an Answer, Seattle Star, Dec. 2012

Meanwhile She Liked to Cook: In the Kitchen with Seattle Child Psychoanalyst, Edith Buxbaum, Ph.D.(1902-1982) Seattle Star, Nov. 2012

Dr. Helen Remick, The Little School, Dr. Edith Buxbaum, and Courtesy Markers, Seattle Star, Oct. 2012

Serendipity & the Auto/biographical Process, Seattle Star, Sept. 2012

Schmidl, Fritz (1897-1969), HistoryLink.Org: the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history,  April 2008

Eleanor Siegl: Educator (1917-1996), HistoryLink, January 2010

"Edith Buxbaum, Latency and Me - Between the Oedipus Complex and Adolescence: The Quiet Time - Letter to Edith," Journal of Poetry Therapy, Volume 19, Number 2 , June 2006, pp. 83-90. 

"Analytic Entrapment," American Imago: Psychoanalysis and the Human Sciences, 62.3 (2005) 339-363 

"Pioneers of Child Psychoanalysis: Edith Buxbaum, 1902 - 1982," ACP TODAY: Association for Child Psychoanalysis Newsletter, Winter 2003, pp. 8-9

"The Psychiatrist as Poet: A Review Essay," The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review, Vol. 5, no.4., 1994 

Buxbaum, Edith (1902-1982), the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history, 2002

"The Psychoanalytic Experience: Analysands Speak - Editor's Report," The Drunken Boat, Fall 2001, Vol.2, Issue III

"I Don't Remember Why I Hated Him," Transference.EU & Beyond, Summer 2001

"Diary of An Analysis: Hermeneutically Yours - Musings on the Dyad as Text,"The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review, Vol. 3, No. 3, Winter 1992

"Eating Pavlova by D.M. Thomas: A Book Review," The American Psychoanalyst, Vol. 30, No. 4., 1996

"The Psychoanalyst as Mentor," Upstream: A Magazine for Northwest Readers and Writers, Winter 1992


Poems & Essays in Eric Pfeiffer, M.D.’s Mastering Caregiving in Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias (Yale University Press, 2015). 

Writing Process Blog Tour: The Four Questions Aug. 14, 2014

Esther's Caregiver Writing Workshopin Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care by Gary Glazner, Health Professions Press, 2014, pp.78 -82 

Writing to Heal: Poems of Alzheimer's - Guest Blog:, June 18, 2014

Dementia Arts: Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care by Gary Glazner: A Review, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, Seattle P.I., May 9, 2014

On Book Publishing & Postpartum Depression, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, Seattle P.I.,

Journey through Alzheimer's Country, in Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer's edited by Collin Tong, Book Publisher's Network, 2014

Alzheimer's as Thief, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, Seattle P.I., Oct 24, 2013

RASP Poetry Anthology Includes Alzheimer's, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, Seattle P.I, January 30, 2014.

Anne Carson & Alzheimer’s Caregiving Activities, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, Seattle P.I, Sept 30, 2013

Lake Tapps resident wins “Dear Alzheimer’s” Book Giveaway, Witnessing Alzheimer's: A Caregiver's View, Seattle P.I,, Sept. 29, 2013

"Witnessing Alzheimer’s through Diary and Poem - Dear Alzheimer’s: Why Did You Pick Our Sheltered Lives to Visit?" Journal of Poetry Therapy, Winter 2009

"Engaging Poetry and Jewish history: An Interview with Pesha Joyce Gertler," DRASH: Northwest Mosaic,  2008

Caregiver's Village Not Big Enough, Seattle P.I., August 13, 2007

You Can Improve the Quality of Life for Alzheimer's Patients. Seattle P.I., June 13, 2007

"Living with Alzheimer's - The Almost Widow," Northwest Prime Time, Nov. 2006

"Writing and the Alzheimer's Caregiver,"  Centrifugal Eye, Summer 2006

"There's Tenderness in Bananas: Reflections on A New Year," JT News, September 30, 2005

Essays and Such

Teaching Crysta Casey," Raven Chronicles, 2011

"Irena Klepfisz, Loss and the Poetry of Exile," The Journal of Poetry Therapy,  Sept 2005 

Review of "Inside the Halo and Beyond: The Anatomy of a Recovery by Maxine Kumin,"  The Journal of Poetry Therapy, Sept 2005 

Review of "Don't Turn Away: Poems About Breast Cancer," by Patricia Wellingham-Jones, All Things Girl, Jan 2005; Museletter: Newsletter of the National Association of Poetry Therapy, 2005

"On Poets, Writing & Alcoholism: A Review of Joan Fiset's Now the Day is Over,"  Washington Poets Association Newsletter, Winter 2001

"Journal Entry: Spring 1992," Moondance:Celebrating Creative Women, Autumn 2001

"If All of Seattle Read the Same Book," in Y.I.P.E. Washington Poet's Association Newsletter, Spring, 2001;  re-printed in Seattle Stories,  March 2001 

"Still (Quaking) in Seattle," Seattle Stories, March 2001 

"Dreaming Out Loud: Creative Writing for Kids at Hugo House," ReWrite: A Quarterly  Publication of Richard Hugo House, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2000

Review of D.M. Thomas' Eating Pavlova, The American Psychoanalyst, 1996, Vol. 30, No. 4         

"Jewish Feminism and Identity Politics," Off Our Backs: A Women's News Journal, May 1990

"Lovesong: Becoming a Jew, by Julius Lester, "Religious Studies Review, April 1990

"Beth Shalom's Encounter with the Woman Question," Conservative Judaism, Spring 1986

"On Writing," Introduction to Life Cycles: Stories and Poems by Seniors, Adult Education Program Writers North Seattle Community College (editor), North Seattle Community College, 1990

Introduction, Uphill Battle: From Autobiography to Poetry,  Hale S.P.I.C.E. Writers (Seattle Program in Service for the Elderly), October 1988

"After the Conference; The Struggles between Us,"(co-authored with Pat Hurshell) Genesis 2: An  Independent Voice for Jewish Renewal, Autumn 1988

"Judaism is Unique: Needs No Christian Symbols," Seattle Times, December 1984


"Abe's Red Suspenders," Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, vol.10, no. 1, 2019

"Death Penalty," in Strange Fruit: Poems on the Death Penalty, Sarah Zale and Terry Persun, editors, Wildflower Press, 2019.

"Marriage," Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, vol. 9, no. 2, 2018

"Dear Joan," Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, vol. 9, no. 1, 2017.

"Tanka," Ribbons: the Tanka Society of America Journal, Fall 2013

"Letter to Abe" The Far Field, July 2013

"Poetry Reading" The Seattle Star, April 2013

"Pantoum for Uncle Izzy" Blue Lyra Review, 2012

"Sonnet for Abe," Seattle Star, April 2012

"My Father's Tzimmes, 1956" Switched-on-Gutenberg, Fall 2009

"Fragments from an Alzheimer's Journey,"  FragLit Journal, Fall 2009, Jack Straw Anthology, 2010; forthcoming Floating Bridge Review, 2011

" I Dream of Uncle Benny and Strawberries," DRASH: Northwest Mosaic, 2009; Ice Cream Anthology: reflections on life with ice cream, ed. Patricia Farnoli, 2017

"Spouse as Home,"  Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer's Disease. Holly Hughes, ed.  (Kent State University Press) 2009; forthcoming in West Coast Women's Jewish Poetry Anthology

"Eight Years Old,",  Fall 2008

"Mother Wears A Shroud of Pure Linen,"  DRASH: Northwest Mosaic, 2008

"Line Endings," Quill & Parchment, April 2008

"from An Alzheimer Marriage," Northwest Prime Time, Alzheimer issue, Nov 2007

"Age Eleven, On the Way to the Mail Box," DRASH, May 2007; West Coast Women's Jewish Poetry Anthology

"Resiliency," All Things Girl, Looking Glass Issue, Jan-Feb 2007; reprinted in Layers of Possibility: 
Healing Poetry from Members of the National Association of Poetry Therapy, Margot Van Sluytman, ed. Palabras Press, Calgary, Alberta, 2007 

"Alzheimer Couple," Northwest Prime Time, Alzheimer issue, Nov. 2006

"My Sister's Death: Brother," Pontoon 9, Sept. 2006; reprinted Pontoon 10, Retrospective Issue, June 2008

"Anna's Last January, " in In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing edited by Olivia Dresher, Impassio Press, 2006

"No Pits," Centrifugal Eye,  Summer 2006

"Leash Law," Centrifugal Eye,  Summer 2006

"Mary Oliver's Bone," The Museletter: News and Resources from the National Association of Poetry Therapy, July 2006, p. 36

"Voice of the Child: I Want to Be Someone," All Things Girl, Mirror Mirror issue, July 2006

"Sam's Garden," Forum: Newsletter of the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study, Winter 2005

"Spring," Tree Walk Book, Summer 2005

"The Old Pathologist," Chrysanthemum, 2006

"Laboratory Visit," Chrysanthemum, 2006

"Iser, 1899-1994," Maggid: A Journal of Jewish Literature, vol. 2  (2005)

"Ellen's Good Day,"  Real Change: Seattle's Progressive Weekly Community Newspaper, 2005

"From a boy on a dream bed," Poetry, Summer 2005

"At the Back of the Laundromat," Real Change: Seattle's Progressive Weekly Community Newspaper, Dec. 16, 2004; forthcoming in Anthology of Laundromat Literature, Wilda Morris and Cathy Conger, eds. 

"Ellen: When Schizophrenia Visits," Real Change: Seattle's Progressive Weekly Community  Newspaper, July 8, 2004 

"The Daughters of Dementia," Poetry Bay, Summer 2004; re-printed in Museletter: Newsletter of the National Association of Poetry Therapy , Fall 2004

"Face Food Hunger Color Skin;" in Under a Silver Sky, Vol. 1, The Evergreen State College, 2003 

"A Poem," Kota Press Poetry Journal, November 2001

"Transference, Or My Analyst Has Curly Brown Hair;" Transference.EU and Beyond, Summer 2001

"Dream," Dakota House Journal,  Issue #2, Roots, May-June 2001; reprinted in The Writer's Block, Summer 2001

"Third Wife," KotaPress Poetry Journal, Vol. 1, Issue 4, Summer 2000;  reprinted inThe Writer's Haven, Fall 2001

"My Analyst Has Curly Brown Hair;"  Chrysanthemum, Vol. IV, No. 3,  Summer 2000

"Father's Skull," Chrysanthemum, Vol. IV, No. 3,  Summer 2000; reprinted in  9 11 01 (Winter 2002);, May 2001; Transference.EU and Beyond, Summer 2001; The Dakota House Journal Issue #3, Fall 2001

"The Old Woman," Mentress Moon: A Quarterly Online Journal of Writing and Art by Women, April 2000; reprinted in Poets for Peace Anthology, Seattle, 2001

"Erev Yom Kipper, 1999," Chrysanthemum, Vol. IV, No. 2, Winter 1999-2000

"Mouth," KotaPress Poetry Journal, Vol.1, Issue 3, Spring 1999

"Bring Me the Sunset in a Cup," KotaPress Poetry Journal, Vol.1, Issue 2, Winter 1999

"Sister;" PoetsWest Literary Journal, vol. II, No. 1, Spring 1999; reprinted in  Mentress Moon: A Quarterly Online Journal of Writing and Art by Women, April 2000; Clariti Magazine, 2000; The Dakota House Journal Issue #3, Fall 2001; Under a Silver Sky, Vol. 1,  The Evergreen State College, 2003 

"Che," PoetsWest Literary Journal, vol. II, No. 1, Spring 1999; reprinted in  Mentress Moon: A Quarterly Online Journal of Writing and Art by Women, April 2000;, May 2001; The Dakota House Journal Issue #3, Fall 2001; Under a Silver Sky, Vol. 1, The Evergreen State College, 2003 

"Voice Mail"  in Writing Personal Poetry: How to Write Strong Poetry from Personal Experience (Sheila Bender, ed. Writers Digest Books, 1998); reprinted in Day Old Love, 1998

"The Starlings," in Writing Personal Poetry: How to Write Strong Poetry from Personal Experience (Sheila Bender, ed. Writers Digest Books, 1998)

At the HospitalPsychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review (Vancouver Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Society), vol 4, no 1, winter 1993

"Driving Home from Mother's House," originally published in The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review Vol. 4, no.3, 1993 (Vancouver Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Society, Vancouver, BC, Katalina Bartok, editor); re-printed in  Switched-on-Gutenberg: A Global Poetry Journal, Vol. 1, No.2, (March 1996); KotaPress Poetry Journal, Vol.1, Issue 2, Winter 1999; PoetsWest Literary Journal, vol. II, No. 1, Spring 1999; Identity Theory, Fall 2001 

"Guarding Mother," Spindrift, 1996; reprinted in KotaPress Poetry Journal, Vol.1, Issue 2, Winter 1999;, May 2001; The Writer's Haven, Fall 2001 

"Miriam," Genesis 2: An Independent Voice for Jewish Renewal, Spring 1988

"Dear Pat," Midway Review 5, 1984; reprinted in She Speaks: Publication of the Seattle Women's Caucus for Art, Autumn 1996;, May 2001 

"When I Am Old," Midway Review, No.3, 1982; reprinted in Poetry Seattle, Pacific Magazine, Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer, 12/7/86; The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Review, Vol. 5, No. 2-3, 1994

Selected Readings

Elliott Bay Book Co., Poems on the Death Penalty, 2019

Elliott Bay Book Co., It's About Time presents So, Dear Writer... An It's About Time Writers' Reading Series Anthology, 2019

Word Chase at Ravenna Third Place Books, with Ann Teplick, August 21, 2019

It's About Time Writers Reading Series #337, with Ann Batchelor Hursey, Loreen L. Lee, Trish McKenny Honig, Ballard library, October 12, 2017, 6 - 7:45 pm 

In Celebration of Crysta Casey, Couth Buzzard Books, July 28, 2017

Book launch In Memory of Crysta Casey, Open Books, June 10, 2017

In Joan Swift Memorial reading and Celebration, Open Books, May 16, 2017

Revolution Books,with Don Kentop. Frozen By Fire: A Documentary in Verse of the Triangle Factory Fire, 1911.  Sun. July 17, 2016, 3 pm

Poets Against Hate @ Poets in the Park, Redmond, WA. June 25, 2016

It's About Time #318- An Interview in Verse with Esther & Mitra Lofti Shemirani: Poets Against Hate, Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch, 6:45 pm, April 18, 2016

Listening to Mozart Concert, Haller Lake United Methodist Church Music Series, March 6, 2016, 2 pm 

Poets Against Hate, Feb 13, 2016, 2-5 pm, Seattle Public Library Central Branch
Jan 8, 2016 

The Art of Alzheimer's: The Artist Within Reading, Seattle City Hall, Jan. 20, 2016 noon

Ravenna Third Place Books "Into the Storm: Journey with Alzheimer's" reading, with Collin Tong & others, May 1, 2014, 7 pm 

Elliott Bay Book Co, "Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer's" LAUNCH, March 16, 2014, 3 pm

Beacon Bards Poetry Reading Series, with Ann B Hursey, March 12, 2014, 7 pm 

Frye Art Museum, with Tess Gallagher, Holly Hughes, & Ann Hedreen, Thurs Feb 27, 6:30 p.m. 

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park, with RASP Poetry Anthology contributors, Mon Feb 3, 2014, 7 pm

Northwest Center for Creative Aging, Thurs Jan 23, 2014, 2 pm 

Couth Buzzard Books, Sun Dec 8, 2013, 3 pm 

Ravenna Third Place Books, Sun Nov 17, 2013, 4 pm

Merrill Gardens at the University, Tues Nov 12, 2013, 2 pm

Greenwood Senior Center/Phinney Ridge Community, Fri Oct. 18, 2013, 3 pm

Elliott Bay Book Co, Dear Alzheimer's Book Launch, Sept 8, 2013

Arts and Nature Festival, Camp Long, West Seattle with Ann Hursey, Jennifer Monro, Aug 10, 2013

It's About Time Writers #286, Ballard Library with Laura Lucas, Loreen L Lee, Theo Nester, Aug 8, 2013

Soul Food Poetry Books with Joan Swift, June 20, 2013

Abe Keller Peace Education Fundraiser with Diane Westergaard, Jule Tripp Weaver, Georgia Stewart McDade, Katleen Flennikin, Nov 27, 2012

T'Latte Cafe for Denise Calvetti Michaels' Book launch with Katy Ellis, Ann Teplick, Linda Thompson, Ann Hursey, Bellevue, WA.  Nov 17, 2012

Words' Worth, Seattle City Council, Nov 13, 2012

100 Thousand Poets for Change, Richard Hugo House, Sept 29, 2012

Poetry Against Hunger with Arleen Williams, Douglass P. Johnson, Pamela Carter, Denise Calvetti Michaels, Katy E. Ellis,  T'Latte Coffee & Tea House, May 26, 2011

Redmond Association of the Spoken Word with Ann Teplick, Old Redmond Schoolhouse, Jan 28, 2011

Seattle Public Library, Final 2010 Jack Straw Reading Nov 13, 2010

SAM WORD with Jack Straw Poets, Seattle Art Museum, October 21, 2010

Elliott Bay Book Company with Jack Straw Poets Bill Carty, Tara Roth, Brian Barr, Nov 7, 2010

Jack Straw Studios with Martha Clarkson, Michael Dylan Welch, Marjorie Manwaring, May 14, 2010

Ravenna Third Place Books, with DRASH contributors, May 31, 2009

Frye Art Museum, with Beyond Forgetting contributors, May 3, 2009 

Irene Drennan Memorial with Diane Westergaard & Denise Calvetti Michaels, Richard Hugo House, March 1, 2009 

Jack Straw Production Studios with Pontoon10 contributors, 2008

Seattle Public Library, Nov. 2007

Prose West at Epilogue Books, August 9, 2006

Poet's West at Epilogue Books, July 2006

Elliott Bay Book Company with Olivia Dresher and Friends, reading from In Pieces: Anthology of Fragmentary Writing, June 17, 2006, 4:30 pm

Older Women's League (OWL)  with Irene Drennan & Diane Westergaard, University House, 
Sat. Sept 11, 2004

Ravenna Third Place Books, with Diane Westergaard, Irene Drennan, Pesha Gertler & Denise  
Calvetti Michaels, Sunday, May 2, 2004

Barnes & Noble's Lynnwood, with Gloria Burgess, Michael Dylan Welch & Irene Drennan
Friday April 23, 2004

Poets in the Park, Sun. April 4, 2004

Temple Beth Am, January 10, 2004

Lottie Motts, Oct 24, 2003

Ravenna Third Place Books, Aug 21, 2003

Ravenna Third Place Books, , Feb. 25, 2003

Learning Through the Arts: Holocaust Experience Shared, North Seattle Community College, April 18, 2000

Richard Hugo House Faculty Reading, Elliot Bay Book Store, April 8, 2000

Elliott Bay Chamber of Commerce with Irene Drennan, 2000

After Long Silence Reading Series for Women Poets and Writers, 11/19/99

Hospice of Seattle: A Celebration of Remembrance, Frye Art Museum, Spring 1999

Poets West, Barnes and Noble, Issaquah, Fall 1999

Poets West, Frye Museum, Spring 1999

Wit's End Book Store, Nov. 13, 1999

Seattle Love of Life Poets, Barnes and Noble, U. Village, 1996-1998

"Ernesto Cardinal," Silenced at the Borders: Banned Books Week, Seattle Public Library, Sept. 25, 1997

"Readings on Themes of Freedom and Light," Tree of Life Judaica & Books, Dec. 3, 1997

Seattle Public Library, Banned Books Reading for Poetry Month, April 1998

Castalia Reading Series, University of Washington, various readings, 1982 - 1990

Papers, Talks, and Panels

"Dr. Edith Buxbaum and the Development of Seattle Psychoanalytic History," University of Washington, "History of Psychology" class, May 19, 2011

Panel Moderator: "Writing Women's Biography" with Dorothy Cordova, Mildred Andrews, Susan Starbuck - PEN Washington, Seattle chapter of PEN International Richard Hugo House, Seattle, Tues. November 16, 2004

"Writing Edith Buxbaum" ProseWest Reading Series, Wit's End Bookstore, Seattle Wed. May 19, 2004

Poetry Panel: "Process and Product" Redmond Association of Spokenword, "Poets in the Park" Weekend, Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park, Redmond, WA., Sun. April 4, 2004

"Dr. Edith Buxbaum and the Application of  Psychoanalytic Pedagogy in Post-World War II Seattle" Pacific Northwest Historian's Guild Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Sat, Mar. 6, 2004 

Writing "The Homeless One: A Poem in Many Voices," Abnormal Psychology class,
Cascadia Community College, November 3, 2003

Northwest Bookfest, Spoken Word Panel, October 18, 2003

Reading Shirley Kaufman with Linda Clifton, Emily Warn, Ken Shiovitz  
& Pesha Gertler, Temple Beth Am, June 15, 2003

Censorship and the Development of A Writing Self, Censorship and the Right to Dissent Panel, PEN Washington, April 15, 2003

Red-Diaper Baby, The Writer and Politics Panel, PEN Washington, Aug. 20, 2002

The Poet's Words. Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry Peace
Reading Seattle Public Library,  March 2002

Irena Klepfisz and the Poetry of Exile.  North Seattle Community College, 1999

Edith Buxbaum, Women's Biography and the Writing Process, University of Washington, Independent Women's Scholar's Group, 1995

Edith Buxbaum, Ph.D., Child Psychoanalyst - The Seattle Years: 1947 - 1982, Oral History Workshop #41: Women in the Early History of American Psychoanalysis, American Psychoanalytic Association, 12/94

Irena Klepfisz's Keeper of Accounts and Cynthia Ozik's `The Shawl,' University of Washington, Women's Studies, 1993

Themes of Home, Exile, Self and Other in Irena Klepfisz's Early 1970's poem, `Death Camp,' University of Washington, Women's Studies, Oct. 1992

Irene Kelpfisz, Jewish Feminism and the Construction of a Social Self: A Psychoanalytic-Feminist Perspective, Judaism, Feminism and Psychology Conference: Creating a Shelter in the Wilderness, Nov. 1, 1992.

Jewish Feminism and Identity Politics, National Women's Studies Association, Towson University, Towson, Md., Nov. 1989

Women and Creativity, Panel on Women's Creativity, Women's Studies, University of Washington, 1989

"Midrash on Ruth and Naomi," Torah and Blintzes: Tikun Lail Shavuot Study Vigil, Congregation Beth Shalom, June 8, 1989

Jewish Women's Spirituality, Edmonds Community College, 1980s

Women's Clubs, YWCA, 1980s

National Council of Jewish Women, Seattle Section, Women's History Conference, University of Washington, 1980s

Jewish Women's Spirituality, Conference on Women's Spirituality, Antioch University, Seattle, 1981

Origins of the Seattle Council of Jewish Women: 1900-1910, Early Seattle Panel, Seattle Women's History Week, University of Washington, March 12, 1981

Women's Role at Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle, Museum of History and Industry, Washington State Women's History Panel, 1980

National Women's Party and the Equal Rights Amendment, Western Washington University, 1972

Women and Judaism Newspaper Column

The Road to Judaism: A Convert Speaks Out, Washington Jewish Week, 3/19/87
The Baalat Teshuva, Baltimore Jewish Times, 11/87
The Meaning of the Mikvah, Baltimore Jewish Times, 1/26/87
Rosh Hodesh - The New Moon,  1/30/87
Invoking Female as Well as Male Images of God, New York Jewish Week, 1/2/87
Women in Judaism: God as`She', Baltimore Jewish Times, 2/2/87
Women in Judaism: God as a Female Image, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 1/2/87
The Mikvah's Mystery, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 12/86
God as `She', Washington Jewish Week, 12/3/86
Ima on the Bima: A Refreshing Children's Story, Seattle Jewish Transcript, 11/20/86
The  Rebbetzin as Role Model, Baltimore Jewish Times, 9/5/86
My `Gottseelige' Bubbe, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 7/86
Educating Women, Baltimore Jewish Times, 5/2/86
Marta Kosaly, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 4/86
This Purim, Watch Out, Reader!, Seattle Jewish Transcript, 3/20/86
Women in Judaism: Education, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 3/7/86
A Purim Phantasmagoria, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 3/86
Feminist Finds Mikvah Spritually Rewarding, The Arizona Post, 2/14/86 
The Mikvah, Detroit News, 1986
Educating Women, London Jewish Chronicle, 1986
Women in Judaism: Ima on the Bima, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 1986
God As a Female Image, Syracuse Jewish Observer, 1986
Tapping the Wellsprings of Purity, London Jewish Chronicle, 1/86
Women in Judaism: Education, Seattle Jewish Transcript, 1/86
Women in Judaism: The Rebbetzin, Syracuse Jewish Observer,  11/29/85 
The Rebbetzin, Seattle Jewish Transcript, 9/85  

A Few Earlier Articles

Budget Cuts:  A Plea for Chore Services, Elder Affairs, 3/81
Fremont Chore Services Needs Help, The Source, 2/81
The Journal's the Thing, Fremont Forum, 1/81
In Their Nineties: Couple Helps Each Other Day By Day, Ballard News-Tribune, 11/80
What I Am witnessing is an Interaction Between Friends, Fremont Forum, 9/80  
At Home With Chaos, Fremont Forum, 8/80
What Does Spanking Teach Children?, Fremont Forum, 6/79
Peck's Bad Boy or Teacher's Bad Day?,  Fremont Forum, 5/79
Gwinyai Tells A Tale: Rabbit Absconds with Child, Seattle Sun, 5/79
Fremont Community Council Urges Citizen Input, Fremont Forum, 4/79
Janice Painter: Murderess or Martyr, Seattle Sun, 3/14/79
Feminist Art: Blatantly Sexual Even With Flab, Seattle Sun, 2/29/79
Factionalization and Feminism:  Flappers to `Freedom',  Northwest Passage, June 1971

Oral History Television InterviewsExploring Jewish Feminism, Jewish Studies Program,
Jackson School of International Studies, Cable Learn Channel 27, University of Washington, 1988 - 1992

Blu Greenberg, author, 2/11/88
Rabbi Vicki Hollander, 4/88
Cantor Mailyn Ladin, 5/9/88
Rabbi Marna Sapsowitz, 9/16/88
Pat Cullen Hurshell, Holocaust Scholar, 6/2/88
Rabbi Ira Stone, 6/14/88
Blu Greenberg and Rabbi Irving Greenberg, 6/20/88
Dr. Kayla Weiner, Feminist Therapist, 7/6/88
Gail Simon, Lesbian Feminist Activist, 9/1/88
Cantor Celia Gartenberg, 10/4/88
Rabbi Dov Gartenberg, 12/15/88
Pesha Gertler, poet, & Esther Little Dove, peace activist, 2/10/89
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, 8/13/89
Irena Klepfisz, Holocaust Poet, lesbian feminist activist, 11/16/90
Paula Hyman, Historian, Yale University, 1992

from "Edith Buxbaum, Latency and Me - Between the Oedipus Complex and Adolescence:  

Dear Edith:

"... You write: "Girls' organization around games such as jacks and jump rope give their aggression form in the same way that football and war games contribute to the organization of male aggression.  

"..., this exercise in a biographer's defensiveness and antagonism toward her subject brings me to one of my writerly pastimes:  Imagining you, Edith Buxbaum, as a child. For the life of me, I can't imagine you playing jacks [for instance]. I played jacks all the time, not just during latency from 6  10 but into my early teens.  In summer I could play all day:  in the morning between Canasta, Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre, in the afternoon, between lunch, hopscotch and the mad woman in the attic and in the evening between the library stacks, Alan Kaplan's telescope, and Wuthering Heights.

"I played jacks on the cement outside our apartment.  I played with my sister on our scratchy bedroom floor, and with my girlfriends' on their front porches. It was my mother who, as soon as she saw my hands were big enough, around four or five years old, taught me how to play. We sat on the cracked linoleum floor, and between pinning up this rich woman's dress or that, she taught me how to play Frontsies and Backsies, Cherries in the Basket and Strawberries in A Cup, Twosies and Threezies and Pancakes in A Frying Pan.  

"I can't imagine you playing jacks, Edith, not with your mother, nor your friends. To me you are always old and haughty, and your mother is even haughtier. You are European, cultured and stuck up.  I'm one of three children my Russian immigrant father calls his American children. I can't imagine you as child because I don't have information about you then.  You're all psychoanalysis and theory.  Perhaps I can't imagine you as a child because I can't imagine my father as a child.  I can't even imagine you playing jacks with the children you analyzed in your office.  But  maybe I can see you playing jacks with the children.  Yes, I can see you being kind to them, and warm and easy and wanting them to learn and to heal. The fact is, I'm jealous of you, Edith Buxbaum. I come up short when I view myself in your light.  I feel lack, less than.

" I want to know if you sat on the floor and played jacks with your mother. You had no siblings, but lots of friends and extended family.  Did you play jacks with your maternal first cousin, Bruno Bettelheim? He was one of your best childhood friends, growing up in early-1900s Vienna... and you ran back and forth from each other's apartments.  Bruno had an older sister, Margarite (who in old age committed suicide, as Bruno would in 1990. But you weren't living then. You didn't know of their suicides.  You died of ovarian cancer years before.)  Did Margarite run back and forth with you and Bruno?  Did she play jacks with you?  Somehow I doubt it, but why is this important?  Why do I focus on jacks?" ..

Esther Altshul Helfgott, "Edith Buxbaum, Latency and Me - Between the Oedipus Complex and Adolescence:  Vol 19, Number 2 , June 2006, pp. 83-90. 


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