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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

In 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.”

“That once on this earth”—his voice began to break— “once on this earth, there was a person named Michael Shestak, and Ez Slavin talked to him and recognized him for being just that.”

Source: Johanna Kaplan, O My America!



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.

  • Terrific profile of Cynthia Ozick—whose 18th book is about to be published—in The New York Times Magazine.
  • A beautiful essay “on what a dying language leaves behind” (the dying language in this case being Ladino), by Rachel Hall. (Bonus: a radio broadcast in which Rachel discusses her forthcoming book of short fiction.)
  • Reminder: The June 30 deadline for Moment magazine’s editorial fellowship is approaching.
  • In this week’s mail: the latest issue of the Jewish Review of Books (some content can be accessed online).
  • And for those of us who missed the latest conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, the #AJLCon16 hashtag provides some highlights.
  • Shabbat shalom, all!

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Tally_marks-Five-bar_Gate.svgTally Time!

    My fellow Poetry Has Value bloggers and I sent in our May “stats” (re: submissions, acceptances, rejections, and so forth) and Jessica Piazza has posted them. I recommend that you read them all if you have the time–this month’s posts include some frank talk on submission fees, simultaneous submissions, and a number of other topics that we’ve all thought about. But if you’re in a hurry to read the discrete update from yours truly, you’ll find it right here. Continue reading ›

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


    So, last week, I shared some exciting poetry-publishing news. This week, I can point you to the suite of poems that Tablet took. (AND to a poem that someone else wrote in response!)


    Pretty amazing (to me, at any rate).

    And Speaking of (Truly) Amazing

    I don’t know about you, but after the horror of Sunday’s news, the couple of hours I spent watching the Tony Awards proved to be precious, inspiring time.

    The highlight, I think, had to be Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acceptance speech for the award for Best Score. Continue reading ›

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    Words of the Week

    “I recognize high-quality, handcrafted Jew-hatred when I see it, and the far-right, which has lately been gaining attention for supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy for president (and for trolling Jews such as yours truly), is so over-the-top obvious in its deployment of anti-Semitic memes; so uncreative in the manufacturing of Judeophobic tropes (call this the banality of oven jokes); so bad at Photoshop; and so awful at spelling, that I find them as pathetic as I find them offensive.”

    Source: Jeffrey Goldberg, “A Brief Introduction to Pro-Holocaust Twitter” (TheAtlantic.om)

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