Kalman Kivkovich (Kiwkowicz) is a retired architect, an artist, author and playwright. He is a man of many continents; born in Kazakhstan in 1945 to Polish nationals, lived in Poland, Israel, Italy and since 1973 in the USA. CLUSF (Italy) published his first nonfiction in 1975, titled “Nuovo Modello: Università Suddivisa in Nuclei.” His first play, In the Vise of Evils, based on the book, was awarded Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative’s unprecedented two performances in 2007, setting CPI’s highest attendance record. Embers from the Ashes: A Girl’s Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a full-house public staged reading in May 2008. Embers is about a recently-found diary of a Będzin girl, Rutka Laskier. A Stop in Paris entertained a full house in May 2009. The latter tells of the author’s brush with death in the tragic loss of a friend. From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes, about the celebrated, world-renowned violinist, Henry Meyer, had its debut to a sold-out house at the prestigious Jarson-Kaplan Theater in April 2011. The controversial play, al-Dura: Truth or Deception?, also had its debut at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in April 2012. The play generated mixed reactions across the globe. To date, CPI has selected eleven of Kalman’s plays. The most recent play produced in the USA, Bibi, had its world debut at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater in April 2014. Bibi is loosely based on the life of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Kalman was elected President of CPI for two terms (2010-2014). Kalman met his wife, Sandi, on the dance floor; they are both avid ballroom dancers. She is his partner, FRIEND and copyeditor. They reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.