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maya bernstein writer

Maya Bernstein is a poet, musician, and facilitator who explores intersections: between the sacred and the everyday, tradition and innovation, freedom and restriction.

The poet Mary Oliver’s instructions for living are: “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Welcome. Here’s some of what has captured my attention and astonished me. I’m so glad to tell you about it. I hope some of it will capture your attention and astonish you, and that you’ll go on to tell about it, in your own way.

Discover Maya's Work

Maya’s debut collection of poetry, There Is No Place Without You, in the words of poet Pádraig Ó Tuama, “fulfills one of poetry’s vocations: to call our attention to attention.”


Maya’s poetry attempts, in the words of poet Sean Singer, “to take the top of her head off and plunge deep into the unconscious.” It also attempts to float back up to the surface, and breathe.



Maya’s heartfelt music, a fusion of bluesy-country, spiritual, and world music, combines the words of Jewish liturgical texts with her original tunes.

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