Professor's Book on Poetry Addresses Social Injustice

02/18/2003
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LOWELL -  A new book of poetry by a retired University of Massachusetts Lowell professor uses traditional fable and fairy tale forms to address contemporary social issues and historical injustices.

Yakov M. Zilberberg will read from Three Poetic Tales as Told by Mister Persey the Scribbling Pooch and sign copies at the UMass Lowell Barnes and Noble Downtown Bookstore in Lowell on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. (The snow date is Feb. 28 at 4 p.m.) Published by 1st Books Library, the collection includes "A Tale of Dancing Chair," which decries racial discrimination; "A Tale of Captive Puffins," which reflects upon events in the 20th-century history of Russian/Soviet Jewry; and "A Tale of Boy Nightingale," which addresses prejudice against gay and lesbian families.  The book is available in local stores as well as at  www.1stbooks.com.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1934, Zilberberg came to the United States in 1977. The longtime faculty member and current professor emeritus in UMass Lowell's Department of Mechanical Engineering has been writing since high school. Zilberberg, whose poetry has appeared in several anthologies and magazines, has written 12 plays.  In 1987, he completed his first English-language play: Trivial Ordeals. In 1988, Theatre-in Progress of Boston produced his play The Tarnished File, based on his experience as a Jew seeking to emigrate from the U.S.S.R.   He also recently completed his first novel, Downstream Against the Current.

Zilberberg has lived in Chelmsford with his wife, Faina, for nine years.