YOYSEF KULTSHIK (b. May 13, 1898)
He was born Yoysef Kurlyandski in Shat (Šėta), Lithuania. He studied in yeshivas and in a high school. He debuted in print in Tsayt (Times) in Kovno (1920) with a monologue entitled “Der korbn” (The victim), which was staged several times. From 1921 he was a contributor to: the Labor Zionist Arbeter-tsaytung (Workers’ newspaper) (using the pen names Ben Menakhem and Latski); Vispe (Islet); Khvalyes (Waves), an anthology edited by Kultshik; the daily newspaper Nayes (News) in Kovno; the daily Di tsayt (The times) in Shavel (Šiauliai); and Di idishe velt (The Jewish world) in Kovno-Berlin. He penned journalistic articles (under the pen name Bal-Khloymes) and stories. In 1924 he moved to Easton, Pennsylvania, and contributed to American Jewish and Canadian Jewish serials: Yung-kuznye (Young smithy), Baginen (Dawn), Yugnt (Youth), and Der kamf (The struggle), among others.