Celia Dropkin (1887–1956) was born in Belarus, and studied and taught in Warsaw and Kiev. She immigrated to the United States in 1912, following her husband, who had been forced to flee czarist Russia. In New York she reconnected with her native Yiddish and helped to regenerate it as a modern poetic language. Celebrated both as a female poet and an innovative modernist writer, Dropkin often explored sexual themes in her work. Her poetry collection, In heysn vint, lider (In the Hot Wind: Poems), was published 1935. After her death an expanded edition of her works was published under the title In heysn vint: Poems, Stories, and Pictures.