The Honickman Foundation


Alicia Jo Rabins, Divinity School

Alicia Jo Rabins, a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar has been awarded the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for her manuscript, Divinity School. Chosen by this year's guest judge, C.D. Wright, Alicia's poems were one of over 800 excellent submissions for the prize. The book will be published in September 2015 and distributed by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.

Rabins' poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, 6x6, Court Green, and anthologies from NYU Press and Knopf. In addition to being a gifted poet, Alicia is a classically trained violinist, a songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an art-pop song cycle about the complicated lives of women in Torah, which has performed across the US, Canada and Europe, released two albums and garnered critical praise.

Rabins' theater work, "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff," a solo chamber-rock opera about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse, premiered at Joe's Pub in NYC and was selected by the Willamette Week as one of Portland's top five theater performances of 2014.

Alicia holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Barnard College, an M.F.A. in poetry from Warren Wilson College and an M.A. in Jewish Gender and Women's Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She also studied for two years at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Rabins lives in North Portland with her husband, bassist Aaron Hartman, and their two young children.

Congratulations to Alicia!

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