Edith Covensky

Edith Covensky

Associate Professor of Teaching in Hebrew



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

Curriculum vitae







Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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 34 books of poetry since 1985. Her poetry has been translated (from the original Hebrew) into English, Romanian, Arabic, French, and Spanish. She is editor of Pseifas, an Israeli literary Journal dedicated to classical and Hebrew poetry. Her first issue appeared in 2006.

Covensky teaches Hebrew and Israeli studies 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. 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, Portrait of a Poet, published in Hebrew in Israel, and in English, in the United States. Identifications, a book of poems publised in Romanian translated by Menachem Faleck. The book Genesis published in Spanish by Leviathan publishers in Argentina, 2019. Covensky's book entitled: A Simple Woman is forthcoming.

Covensky is interested in Hebrew/Israeli film from Yaakov Ben Dov (seconf decade of the 20th century), to the present, and has expanded her interest to other films in the Middle East, notably, from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. She is also on the Committee of the Jewish Film Festival in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.


See above. 

Recently researched and wrote on Israeli Poet, Yaara Ben David. She is currently working on the poetry of Hedva Harechavi. Covensky is compiling another book entitled: A Simple Woman, and is currently translating her volume: The Alchemist, from Hebrew into English.


Ph.D. qualification examination passed with distinction

Awards and grants

See CV

Selected publications

Please refer to the CV for the list of publications both for books and individual poems. Covensky has published to date 35 poetry books in Hebrew, Hebrew/English, Hebrew/Arabic/English, Hebrew/French, Romanian and Spanish.