AnnaMaria Begemann was born in Germany, and lived there most of her life. She presently resides in Boulder, Colorado. elana levy’s parents escaped from Nazi Germany in 1938 settling in New York City, elana was born soon thereafter. She presently resides in Syracuse, NY elana levy’s poetry chapbook, Contradictions, came out in 1991.
AnnaMaria Begemann and elana levy are both students of Rabbi David Cooper and Shoshana Cooper. They became friends when they attended a week long meditation pilgrimage at Auschwitz concentration camp led by the Coopers.