Poetry. Jewish Studies. "With delicacy and a refined lyricism, THE MINSTREL'S SONG embarks upon ancient and modern themes like the meaning of language and poetry, the presence and absence of life and the purpose of Faith. Alyssa A. Lappen is able to navigate with courage in the complexity of her questioning and visionary understanding of life's ephemeral ways. She is a poet of great wisdom and her voice is both soft and courageous."—Marjorie Agosín, poet, author, essayist, and winner of Chile's Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor for Life Achievement
Alyssa A. Lappen is a U.S.-based investigative journalist focusing on the Middle East and Islam. A former Senior Fellow of the American Center for Democracy (2005-2008), she is also a former Senior Editor of Institutional Investor (1993-1999), Working Woman (1991-1993) and Corporate Finance (1991). Ms. Lappen supports the International Free Press Society and the right of journalists worldwide to write without restriction on politics, governments, international affairs, terrorism, terror financing, and Islamic support for terrorism, among other subjects. Her poetry has appeared in the 2nd 2007 edition of BLOOD TO REMEMBER: AMERICAN POETS ON THE HOLOCAUST and three issues of Wales' award-winning Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Magazine. Dozens of her poems have appeared in print and online literary journals and books. She won the 2000 annual Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry chapbook award and received a Harvard Summer Poetry Prize and several honorable mentions.
Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA