YISROEL-LEYB SHATSKI (February 6, 1884-1936?)
He was a journalist and the author of stories, born in Brestovits (Berestovitsa), Grodno district. Until age twelve he studied with itinerant schoolteachers, later graduating from a Russian Jewish public school. He worked as a teacher and bookkeeper. In 1903 he moved to Bialystok. He wrote articles for Golos belostoka (Voice of Bialystok) and Echa Grodzieńskie (Echoes of Grodno), using the pen name L. A. Klad. From 1921 he was publishing stories, sketches, and impressions in the Bialystok daily newspapers Dos naye leben (The new life) and Der idisher kuryer (The Jewish courier), using the pen name Y. L. Levko, as well as such pseudonyms as Peysekh Shin, Y. Shvayg, and Tuvye Shpilke. He co-edited: Byalistoker almanakh (Bialystok almanac) (1931), Byalistoker leksikon (Bialystok handbook) (Bialystok, 1935), Unzer veg (Our way), Ekspres (Express), and Velt-shpigl (World mirror). In Vilna Tsayt (Time), he published a novel entitled Der goldener tseylem (The golden cross). His comedy Yidishe glikn (Jewish joys) was staged in 1934 in Bialystok. In book form: Kornblumen, a zamlung peysazhn un noveln (Cornflowers, a collection of landscapes and stories) (Bialystok: M. Pruzshansḳi, 1935), 115 pp.
Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 4; Byalistoker leksikon (Bialystok handbook) (Bialystok, 1935).