Aviya Kushner - Columbia College Chicago

Aviya Kushner

Associate Professor



Aviya Kushner is the The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible (Spiegel & Grau / Penguin Random House, 2015), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Finalist, and one of Publishers' Weekly’s Top 10 Religion Stories of the year. She is also the author of WOLF LAMB BOMB (Orison Books, 2021), a poetry collection deeply engaged with the Book of Isaiah, and the poetry chapbook Eve and All the Wrong Men (Dancing Girl Press, 2019). She is The Forward’s language columnist, and previously wrote a travel column for The International Jerusalem Post. Her work has been supported by the Howard Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. She is a member of the Third Coast Translators Collective and serves on the board of the American Literary Translators Association, as well as the Executive Committee in Nonfiction at the Modern Languages Association. 


B.A., Writing Johns Hopkins University 1995
M.A., Creative Writing Boston University 1998
M.F.A., English University of Iowa 2005