Shirley Kaufman

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Shirley Kaufman Daleski (June 5, 1923 in Seattle - September 25, 2016 in San Francisco) was an American-Israeli poet and translator.[1]


Her parents immigrated from Poland. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from James A. Garfield High School in 1940. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 1944, and in 1946 she married Dr. Bernard Kaufman, Jr. They had three daughters: Sharon (b. 1948), Joan (b. 1950) and Deborah (b. 1955). She studied at San Francisco State University, with Jack Gilbert.

She married Hillel Matthew Daleski and immigrated to Jerusalem, Israel in 1973.

Her daughter, poet and playwright Debra Kaufman, made a short film about her poem "Ezekiel's Wheels".[2]

Her work has appeared in Ploughshares,[3] Harper's,[4] American Poetry Review,[5] and The New Yorker.[6]

She died from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 93.[7]







  1. ^ Lois Miller Bar-Yaacov. "Shirley Kaufman". Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Retrieved 30 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Modenessi (Aug 7, 2007). "Poetry, film blend, thanks to filmmaker's mother". Oakland Tribune. [dead link]
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  7. ^ "Shirley Kaufman Daleski Obituary". October 2, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016 – via SFGATE Obituaries. 

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