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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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