Isaac Goldemberg is a renowned poet, playwright, and fiction writer. He has lived in New York since 1964 and is a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, Director of the Latin American Writers Institute, and Editor of Hostos Review, an international journal of culture. He is the author of three novels: La vida a plazos de don Jacobo Lerner (1978, 1980, 1983, 2005), Tiempo al tiempo (1984, 1986), and El nombre del padre (2002). He has published the following collections of poetry: Tiempo de silencio (1970), De Chepén a La Habana (1973), Hombre de paso (1981, 2004), La vida al contado (1991, 1992, 2004), Cuerpo del amor (2000), Las cuentas y los inventarios (2000), Peruvian blues (2001, 2004), Los autorretratos y las máscaras (2002, 2004), El amor y los sueños (2003, 2004), Crónicas del exilio (2003, 2004) y Los Cementerios Reales (2004). He has published two plays: Hotel AmériKKa (2000, 2004) y Golpe de gracia: farsa en un acto (2003). He is also the author of El gran libro de América judía (1998), a 1250-page anthology of Jewish Latin American writings.
His novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner was described in the New York Times Book Review as "a moving exploration of the human condition" and in 2001 was selected by the National Yiddish Book Center of the United States as one of the 100 greatest Jewish works of the last 150 years. His work has been translated into several languages, reviewed in dozens of journals and published in numerous magazines and anthologies in Latin America, Europe and the United States. He is the recipient of the Nuestro Award in Fiction (1977), the Nathaniel Judah Jacobson Award (1995), the Lluvia Editores Short Story Award (2000), the Luis Alberto Sánchez Award for Literary Essays (2002), the Estival Theater Award (2003), and the Orden de Don Quijote (2005).
Publications about his works include Identidad cultural y memoria colectiva en la obra de Isaac Goldemberg (Lima: Mosca Azul Editores, 2001), edited by Eduardo González Viaña; Isaac Goldemberg ou l’homme du Livre (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2002), by Dorita Nouhaud;. Luces de la memoria: Conversaciones con Isaac Goldemberg (Maracay: Editorial Arkadia, 2003), edited by Miguel Angel Zapata; Crossing Cultures in Isaac Goldemberg’s Works (Hanover, NH: Ediciones del Norte, 2003), edited by Maureen Dolan; Isaac Goldemberg: The Aesthetics of Fragmentation (Culver City, CA: Antylo Press, 2003), edited by Saúl Sosnowski; Isaac Goldemberg ante la crítica: una visión múltiple (Lima: Ediciones del Instituto Luis Alberto Sánchez, 2003), edited by Juan Paredes Carbonell; Isaac Goldemberg: A Bibliography and Six Critical Studies (Hanover, NH: Ediciones del Norte, 2003), edited by Maureen Dolan, and Isaac Goldemberg: el hombre del Libro (Lima: El Santo Oficio, 2003), by Dorita Nouhaud.