Literary Nonfiction. Jewish Studies. Middle Eastern Studies. Women's Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Political activist and writer Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz brought an insightful eye and a sharp analytical mind to probe the problems facing America at the turn of the century. First published in 1992, the hard-hitting essays in this collection scan the connections across a wide range of issues: whether the topic is class, racism, Israel and Palestine, war, anti-Semitism, violence against women or violence by women, the issue is power—in all its complexity. Now in its second edition and no less relevant nearly three decades later, her work—dedicated, persistent—continues to remind us of the strength in community.
Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, and worked in social change movements since the sixties. A graduate of CCNY, she went on to earn her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. A writer, activist, and teacher, she lived in New York City where she was the director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. She is the author of We Speak in Code (Motheroot Press, 1980), My Jewish Face & Other Stories (Aunt Lute Books, 1990), The Issue Is Power (Aunt Lute Books, 1991), and The Color of Jews: Racial Politics and Radical Diasporism (Indiana UP, 2007); co-editor of The Tribe of Dina: A Jewish Women's Anthology (Beacon Press, 1986); and former editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom, a lesbian/feminist journal. Her writings about violence and resistance, Jewish identity and anti-Semitism, race, class, and culture have been widely published. Kaye/Kantrowitz passed away in July 2018.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA