Enid Dame (June 28, 1943 - December 25, 2003) was an American poet, fiction writer, academic, editor, and publisher.[1][2][3]


Dame was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. For many years, she and her husband, poet Donald Lev, lived in Brooklyn and in High Falls, New York, where they edited and published the literary tabloid Home Planet News. She was on the faculty of the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where she served as Associate Director of the Writing Program.


Dame's poems explored themes of urban life, Jewish history and identity, and political activism. She examined contemporary women's lives in persona poems that take on the voice of Eve, Lilith, or other woman from Jewish tradition. These poems often locate a kernel of feminist rebellion in familiar Biblical stories.


The 2007 anthology Broken Land: Poems of Brooklyn, edited by Julia Kasdorf and Michael Tyrell, was dedicated to her memory.[4]



  • Interesting Times. New York: Published by X-press Press for the Downtown Poets Co-op, 1978.
  • Between Revolutions. New York: Published by X-press Press for the Downtown Poets Co-op, 1979.
  • On the Road to Damascus, Maryland. New York: Downtown Poets, 1980.
  • Confessions. Merrick, NY: Cross-Cultural Communications, 1982.
  • Lilith and Her Demons. Merrick, NY: Cross-Cultural Communications, 1986.
  • Anything You Don't See. Albuquerque, NM: West End Press, 1992.
  • Stone Shekhina: Poems. East Hampton, NY: Three Mile Harbor, 2002.
  • Where is the Woman? Letters and poems from California, July & August 2003. Woodstock, NY: Shivastan, 2006.


  • Which Lilith? Feminist writers reconstruct the first woman (edited with Lilly Rivlin & Henny Wenkart). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1998.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat..[5]

Enid Dame Reads "Lilith"

Enid Dame Reads "Lilith"

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