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David Raphael Israel

Born in California in 1956, David Raphael Israel attended a small Quaker school, writing poetry from a young age. He studied classical Chinese (UC Berkeley), then pursued journalism vis-à-vis music & other arts, writing & editing for EAR Magazine (NYC) in the late 1980s. His articles, reviews & interviews have appeared in periodicals including the Daily Californian, East Bay Express, Soma Magazine, Asiaweek, India Abroad, India Currents, Bansuri [music journal of Calgary] & The New Art Examiner; & he authored a monograph, Song Yonghong: The Bath of Consolation (Other Shore Arts, 2001). David also translates poetry, principally from classical Chinese; he’s dabbled in study of Italian, Hindi, Sanskrit & Farsi.