Poet and filmmaker Ish Klein grew up in Long Island and was educated at Columbia University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Klein’s poetry collections include Moving Day (2011) and Union! (2009).
With both vulnerability and humor, Klein’s lyrical poems measure the strata of daily social and literary engagement. “Klein’s work consistently explores the conflict between authenticity and literary convention,” observes Boston Review’s Kristina Marie Darling in a review of Union!, noting that the poet “creates a unique narrative space in which literary history coexists with modern life, ultimately contemporizing the loftiness of the Elizabethans, the melancholy of the Romantics, and Modernism’s fascination with the poetic image.”
Klein was awarded a Digital Filmmaker Residency from the National Endowment for the Arts, and her films have been screened at the Stuttgart Film Winter festival, Arlene’s Picture Show, and the Philadelphia Film Festival.
She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.