David Ehrlich, Israeli fiction writer, commentator, and former journalist, will give a free reading and talk Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. in the Women Resource Center, basement of Montgomery Court. Ehrlich is writer-in-residence this September and October in the University's Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.
Ehrlich was a staff writer for Ha'aretz, Israel's leading newspaper; a reporter and producer for Israeli radio; and recently published two collections of short stories, Tuesday and Thursday Mornings and 18 Blue. He has lectured widely in the U.S. on topics such as literary representations of the Middle East crisis, and regularly moderates readings and discussions at his literary café, T'mol Shilshom. A founder of the Israeli AIDS Task Force in the 1980s, Ehrlich has long been active on behalf of gay rights in Israel.
Ehrlich's residency is made possible by the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program recently launched by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Portland State was the seventh institution to be invited to participate in this national program, which brings Israeli artists of different disciplines to the United States for artist residencies. Michael Weingrad, academic director of the Schnitzer Program, will direct the residency.
While in Portland, Ehrlich will be reading from his own stories in English translation, and offering a range of talks and lectures on Israeli literature and culture, gay and lesbian life in Israel, and his experiences, humorous and poignant, running Jerusalem's premiere literary café.