Ish Klein


I am a founding member of the Connecticut River Valley Poets Theater or CRVPT.  My play, “In A Word, Faust” has been performed internationally; it was published by the Cambridge Literary Review. My play, The Orchids, has been performed at the Shea theater and at Dixon Place and was a finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award. I am also the author of the full length plays The Dee MenDrummer 41, and The Storm (a play based on the Tempest as told from the point of view of the island).

My published books of poetry are: Consolation and Mirth, Moving Day, and Union! and the chapbook “Every Animal Is Your Mother”.  I attended the Iowa Writers Workshop for Poetry and Columbia University. I am from Long Beach, New York. My poems have appeared on the Poetry Foundation website, Fence magazine, Epiphany Magazine, Jubilat, and gare du nord.


•Finalist for The Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, New York, NY, 2016

•Assets for Artists Program, North Adams, MA, 2012

•Gershwin Hotel Artist in Residence, New York, NY, 2012

•NEA Digital Filmmaker in Residence, Squeaky Wheel Media, Buffalo, NY, 2005

•Independent Feature Project (IFP) Project Involve Fellow, New York, NY, 2003