About the Author

Kalman Kivkovich is a retired architect, an artist, author and playwright.  Born in Kazakhstan in 1945, Kalman has lived in Poland, Israel, Italy, and—since 1973, in the U.S.  His first nonfiction work, “Nuovo Modello: Università Suddivisa in Nuclei,” was published in Italy in 1975.  His first play, In the Vise of Evils, based on the book, was awarded Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s highest honor and unprecedented two performances in 2007. Embers from the Ashes: A Girl's Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a full-house public staged reading in May 2008. To date, CPI has selected seven of Kalman’s plays for staged readings. Elected president of CPI in May 2010, Kalman is now working on another Holocaust-themed play about a celebrated, world-renowned violinist, Henry Meyer.  This play, From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes, will make its debut on April 26, 2011.  Kalman met his lovely wife, Sandi, on the dance floor, where they are both avid ballroom dancers.  They reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.