Poetry prize winners announced in Berkeley

Yosefa Raz of Oakland and Lauren Camp of Santa Fe, N.M., will share first prize in this year’s Anna Davidson Rosenberg Poetry Awards for Poems on the Jewish Experience. The winners were announced Aug. 20 by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at U.C. Berkeley.

Yosefa Raz

Raz, 36, an Israeli American who splits her time between Tel Aviv and the East Bay, is a Ph.D. candidate in the joint U.C. Berkeley-Graduate Theological Union Jewish Studies Program, writing on biblical prophecy and its reception in modernist Hebrew poetry.

Her winning poem is about “shal” (veiled) women. Her poetry book, “In Exchange for a Homeland,” was published by Swan Scythe Press; her poems, fiction and translations have also appeared in ZYZZYVVA, Glimmer Train, Lilith, Tikkun and Bridges magazines.

Camp is the author of the poetry collection “This Business of Wisdom” (West End Press) and the CD “I Am and You Are,” a soundscape with poetic vignettes. Camp blogs about poetry at Which Silk Shirt, and runs Notes To Cecil, a new-media installation of poetry and photographs on Tumblr.

The winners will be honored at a public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, in Berkeley. The Magnes is a sponsor of this year’s Rosenberg poetry awards, along with several co-sponsors.