Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah scholar. Her manuscript, DIVINITY SCHOOL, won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize and is forthcoming from APR/Copper Canyon in September 2015, and her poems appear in the Boston Review, 6x6 and Ploughshares. As a musician, Alicia tours internationally with her band, Girls in Trouble, an indie-folk song cycle about the complicated lives of Biblical women, with whom she has released three albums. A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, her one-woman chamber-rock opera about the intersection of spirituality and finance, was named one of Portland's five best theatre performances of 2014 by the Willamette Week. She has played bluegrass fiddle across Central America and Kuwait as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department, and toured for eight years as the violinist in Brooklyn-based klezmer-punk band, Golem. An experienced and passionate Jewish educator, Alicia lives in Portland with her husband and their two small children.