Edith Covensky

Edith Covensky

Senior Lecturer


248.865.9242 (fax)



455 Manoogian in the Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Covensky has had this office for the last 30 years starting in January of 1987.

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Edith Covensky

Edith Covensky was born in Bucarest, Romania; Grew up in Haifa, Israel: And lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She completed her military service in Israel serving as a code breaker in the Northern Command.  She received a ribbon of honor at the completion of her basic training, and a Certificate of Excellence at her discharge.Covensky reached the highest professional rank in code breaking.

Covensky completed her Baccalaureat at the Alliance Francaise Israelite in Haifa, Israel  (Kol Israel Haverim, in Hebrew), and continued her education at Wayne State University In French  and Hebrew Literature passing her Ph.D. examinations with Distinction. She was tested on four centuries of French literature:  the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. She focused  her studies on the 19th century and did extensive research on the theater of Alexander Dumas the Father, under the direction of Professor Fernande Bassan.

Her Hebrew examination comprised of  Tanaitic literature from the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D. As for her work on modern Hebrew literature,  she was a "traveling Scholar" for one year from Wayne State to the University of Michigan ( in Ann Arbor) to complete her studies, concentrating on Modern and contemporary Hebrew poetry. 

Covensky has published 30 books of poetry since 1985, and 2 additional volumes of are forthcoming in 2017. Her poetry has been translated (from the original Hebrew) into English, Romanian, Arabic and French. She is editor of Pseifas, an Israeli literary Journal dedicated to classical and Hebrew poetry. She  edits an annual edition of Hebrew poets, and writers on Hebrew poetry in English speaking countries. Her first issue appeared in 2006. 

Covensky teaches Hebrew and Israeli culture at Wayne State University, including Israeli film. She serves on the committee of the Annual Jewish Film Festival of Metro Detroit with a branch in West Bloomfield.  She writes film reviews for the Festival. Additionally, she hosts at her home monthly Torah studies in memory of her parents, Gizy and Moshe Bizaoui. She is married to Harvey Covensky, Attorney, and has two children, Jeffrey and Laurice, also attorneys. Her grandchildren are Aden and Ainsley of San-Diego, California. 

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  Modern Israeli Poetry from the latter half of the 19th century to the present. Her area of expertise is contemporary Israeli poetry. Her numerous poetic manifests appear through her poetry in such books as: Poetics, Synesis, Variations on a Theme of Albert Camus, Testimony, On the Border of Water, Life as Fiction, and more.

    Covensky is also interested in Hebrew/Israeli film from Yaakov Ben Dov (seconf decade of the 20th century), to the present. She contributes film reviews for the Annual Jewish Film Festival in Metro Detroit.


See Above. 

Recently researched and wrote on Israeli Poet, Yaara Ben David.


  • Ph.D. qualification examination passed with distinction

Awards and grants

  •  Editor's choice Awards from the International Society of Poetry. Other Awards, see CV.


Selected publications

Please refer to the CV for the list of publications both for books and individual poems.

Currently teaching

  • Hebrew 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020

    NE2060 and NE3225

    Directed Studies NE3990, and NE 5990, Hebrew 3990, and Hebrew 5990


    Classes taught: NE5240: Hebrew/Israeli literature from the end of the 19th century to the present.

                                  NE6030: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai

                                  NE------: Biblical Narratives- The Book of 1 Samuel


Courses taught

  See above.