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I maintain two blogs: Practicing Writing and My Machberet. Posts for both blogs show up on this page, but you can visit each blog by clicking on the appropriate link. It's also possible to subscribe to each feed.

Practicing Writing: Here you'll find updates on writing and publishing opportunities (especially handy between issues of our popular monthly newsletter). You'll discover ONLY opportunities that charge no fees, and ONLY publications/contests that will pay for your writing. The blog also shares writing-related news, resources, and quotations; book reviews; and occasional updates regarding this practicing writer's own work.

My Machberet: "Machberet" is the Hebrew word for notebook. Since it's also (appropriately) one of the very first words I learned in my first Hebrew school in Brooklyn (and, I confess, one of the few conversational Hebrew words I still remember), I've chosen it to title this blog, where I offer write-ups on Jewish news (especially of the literary sort) and occasional commentary.

Sunday Sentence

tabletIn which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.”

She has never spoken with a Gentile beyond the Lord & Taylor saleswoman, the mailman, the grocer.

Source: Avital Chizik’s “A Holy Fool,” original fiction presented by Tablet magazine.



Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen

Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • See what you think of this Book Riot list of “100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction” (we at Fig Tree Books are pretty happy with #28).
  • Speaking of Jewish fiction: Avital Chizik-Goldschmidt’s “A Holy Fool,” on Tablet, is well worth your time.
  • A new issue of Lilith magazine is now available.
  • From the world of young-adult lit: “11 YA Authors Discuss the Role of Faith in Their Lives,” on the BNTeen blog (and offer some reading recommendations).
  • And an extra-hearty Mazal Tov for everyone recognized by the American Jewish Press Association’s latest Rockower Awards.
  • Shabbat Shalom.

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Three_PoemsA Triple Acceptance

    It isn’t every day that I receive a poetry acceptance; you can imagine how unusual it is to receive three acceptances at once. Which happened late last week.

    Okay, technically, it was one acceptance: the same editor accepted the three poems for the same publication (an anthology) within a single email. But these poems were not written as a suite. So it was something of a special surprise to have them all accepted. (And I should note that two others in that batch didn’t seem to pass muster.)

    But that’s fine. I’m thrilled to have these three find a home together–and equally happy that I’ve already been paid for them! (Full details to come when I share my July stats over on Poetry Has Value.) Continue reading ›

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    From My Bookshelf: A DOOR WITH A VOICE by Katie Manning

    A-Door-with-a-Voice-CoverI’ve become acquainted with Katie Manning and her work via the Poetry Has Value project, where we’re both contributing bloggers. And that is how I learned about her new poetry chapbook. Titled A Door with a Voice and published by Agape Publications/Sundress Publications, this work comprises 16 poems. (And you can download it at no cost!)

    Before you reach the poems, you find this artist’s statement: “I am tired of people taking language from the Bible out of context and using it as a weapon against other people, so I started taking language from the Bible out of context and using it to create art. My process was to use the last chapter from one book of the Bible as a word bank for each poem. This is either the most heretical or the most reverent thing I’ve ever written.”

    This approach piqued my interest for a couple of reasons. Continue reading ›



    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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