RAY RASKIN (b. May 15, 1888)
The wife of Shoyel Raskin, she was born in Odessa. She was educated in a Russian high school, later in Germany, France, and from 1905 in the United States. In 1912 she debuted in print with a poem in Avrom Reyzen’s Dos naye land (The new country) under her maiden name of Rivke Rozental. She contributed stories and articles to: Idisher kemfer (Jewish fighter), Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Di naye velt (The new world) on music and drama, the daily newspaper Di tsayt (The times), Teolit (Theater-literature), Tsukunft (Future), and from time to time Forverts (Forward). From 1915, with an interruption of two years, she was a regular contributor to Tog (Day). She wrote there on theater, film, and music—and under the pen name Ray Malis, on fashion and topics of interest to women. Her work appears in Ezra Korman’s Yidishe dikhterins, antologye (Female Yiddish poets, anthology) (Chicago: L. M. Shteyn, 1928), under the name Rivke Rozental. She also penned a drama entitled Motls tsaytn which was published in New York in 1935, 70 pp. She died in New York.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Yeshurin archive, YIVO (New York).
[Additional information from: Berl Kagan, comp., Leksikon fun yidish-shraybers (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers) (New York, 1986), col. 502.]