DOVID DAYMONDSHTEYN (b. April 14, 1885)
He was born in Kurents (Kuraniec), Vilna region, Lithuania. He received a Jewish and a partial general education. In 1897 he emigrated to the United States and settled in Chicago. He graduated from the Art Institute there. He later lived in New York where he worked as a designer. In 1906 he published his first poems on workers’ lives in Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor) in New York. He also placed articles there on community issues and religion. He contributed to Forverts (Forward), Kundes (Prankster), and other serials, as well as to the radical English-language press in America, such as the journal Tomorrow in Chicago. He authored a book of revolutionary motifs in English, in which he included his translations of a number of works by worker-poets in Yiddish literature. He also wrote under the pen name of David Irving Dobson.
Source: “Zalmen Reyzen Archives,” YIVO (New York).