SHIYE RIVIN (October 8, 1884-late January 1981)
He was a poet, born in Kiev. In 1898 he emigrated to the United States. He moved from a sweatshop to a major business in Cleveland. He began writing poetry in Russian, later in Yiddish. He published his poems in: Keneder odler (Canadian eagle) in Montreal, Ilustrirte literarishe bleter (Illustrated literary leaves) in Buenos Aires, Fraye arbeter shtime (Free voice of labor), Oyfsnay (Afresh), Zayn (To be), and Dorem-afrike (South Africa). In book form: Mayn tatns brokhe, lider (My father’s blessing, poems) (New York, 1961), 128 pp.; Regnboygn fun gezang, gezamlte lider (Rainbow of verse, collected poetry) (Tel Aviv: Hamenorah, 1972), 170 pp. He also translated numerous poems from Russian and English. He died in Cleveland.
Sources: Nokhum Sumer, in Yidishe kultur (New York) 2 (1977); Elvi (Z. Levi), in Dorem-afrike (Johannesburg) (March-April 1978); Yeshurin archive, YIVO (New York).