Jake Marmer

Jake Marmer is a poet, performer, & educator. His first record, HERMENEUTIC STOMP (Blue Thread Music, 2013), has featured jazz-klez luminaries Frank London, Greg Wall, Eyal Maoz, & Uri Sharlin, & brought together diverse poetic traditions, jazz, klezmer, & new & ancient improvisation techniques. It was hailed as a “soulful narrative line in counterpoint to … language-drunk abstractions” (The Jewish Week), “experience of mystic pleasures … freshly contemporary” (Shofar), & a “thought provoking debut” (All About Jazz). His poetry collection, JAZZ TALMUD, was published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2012. Currently a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, he teaches at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, and lives in Stanford, CA with his wife, writer Shoshana Olidort, & their two children. He frequently contributes to the Forward & Tablet magazine, & is a cofounder of North America’s first Jewish Poetry retreat at KlezKanada Festival.