Juliene Berk

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Juliene Berk

Email: Julieneberk@​aol.com or berkjuliene@​gmail.com
web site: www.Julieneberk.com


Born: Jacksonville, Florida
Education: The Juilliard School and Columbia University, B.S.

PUBLISHED BOOKS:
*THE DOWN COMFORTER, St. Martin’s Press and Avon Books, self- help
**CALL HER BLESSED (self-published) family memoir of Jews in the South
**GLIMPSES OF SOUTHERN JEWISH ROOTS (self-published) short stories


PUBLISHED SHORT STORIES in periodicals:
THE MIAMI HERALD Sunday Magazine -- The Package FORWARD (English edition) Protector of the Brood
JEWISH CURRENTS -- Sweet Revenge
FEMINIST VOICES -- Blue Silk Garters
PACKN TREGER -- A Bintel Brief

PLAYS:
SOLITAIRE -- NYC cable TV presentation
THE TORTOISE AND THE YARROW -- staged readings, NYC
THE LAMBS-- reading, Actor’s Studio, NYC
YANKEL IN AMERICA—Staged reading with music. The Lambs Club starring Theo Bikel: features characters from CALL HER BLESSED
BURNT OFFERINGS–based on CALL HER BLESSED,
ROSA BELLA TAKES CARE OF THE WORLD – play with music






Biography

Juliene Berk was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, the youngest of seven children. From childhood she wanted to know about her parents’ life in Roumania before they came to America in the first years of the 20th century. The answers to her ceaseless questions gave her both a fascinating picture and an insatiable appetite to learn more. For 22 years Juliene collected and wrote stories about the early Jewish immigrants in the South--her family was among the pioneer Jewish settlers of Florida--and the lives of her grandparents. Her research, including a trip throughout Roumania and extensive oral interviews, furnished the raw material from which she wrote a play, BURNT OFFERINGS, a memoir/​biography, CALL HER BLESSED (recounting the story of her mother’s life in Europe and America) and a collection of short stories and vignettes, GLIMPSES OF SOUTHERN JEWISH ROOTS. CALL HER BLESSED portrays those times and places with historical accuracy and evokes the life of a fascinating, loving and extraordinary human being… a woman who embodied the legendary attributes of the Victorian Jewish woman at her best.

Juliene is a writer and playwright who resides in New York City. She attended The Juilliard School and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University. She has published three books and a number of short stories. Her first book, THE DOWN COMFORTER,was published by St. Martin's Press in hardcover and in paperback by Avon Books. On a seven city national book tour, she made many personal appearances on TV and Radio interview shows.
Now considered an established classic, THE DOWN COMFORTER is available through Amazon in a new second edition.


Juliene received a grant for CALL HER BLESSED (memoir) from THE KURZ FAMILY FOUNDATION.
THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION awarded a grant for THE LAMBS (play) for a participating theater in Minnesota. The grant was withheld when no theater was found to produce it.

SELECTED WORKS:

Creative Non-Fiction
e.g. Fiction, History, Magazine Articles, etc. goes here
Short stories and vignettes based on family members in CALL HER BLESSED
The world-renowned lover returns in the being of an irresistible cat.
PLAYS
Based on a true story set in America's South and Havana, Cuba at the beginning of the 20th century which deals with an Eastern European Jewish tradition of "special women."
Hugo von Hofmannsthal is credited with creating the greatest female character ever to tread the operatic boards--Marie Therese (Die Marschallin in the opera DER ROSENKAVALIER). She was his Muse, his Goddess, his ideal woman. He created his GALATEA according to patriarchal culture which not only put a female Muse at the beck and call of the artist, but also dictated that ALL incarnations of Aphrodite--all females --be innately subservient to males. In this play the artist's creation comes to life as a vibrant, seeking, uncertain, loving human being who is now free to be her SELF and to love whomever and however she chooses. This famous myth is stood on its heels breaking tradition by regarding it from the matriarchal point of view.

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