illustration by Kailey Whitman

Alicia Jo Rabins is a writer, musician, composer, performer and Torah teacher. Her work explores the intersection of ancient wisdom texts with everyday life.

Divinity School, Rabins’ book of poetry, won the 2015 American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize. Her poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. She is the creator and performer of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality.

Rabins is also a coffee drinker, plant lover, DIY bar/bat mitzvah tutor, and ritualist. She tours internationally as a violinist, singer and performer from her home base in Portland, Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two kids. You can call her Alicia.

“plucked violin
and gorgeous
—New York Times

the great mysteries

with a light touch”
—San Francisco Chronicle