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.

Fruit Geode, Rabins’ second collection of poetry, was published in October 2018 by Augury Books, an imprint of Brooklyn Arts Press Her first collection, Divinity School, won the 2015 APR/Honickman First Book Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. As a musician and performer, Rabins is the creator and performer of Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women with accompanying curriculum, and A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, a chamber-rock opera about the intersection of finance and spirituality which is currently being made into an independent feature film.

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