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“Where to Publish Your Work” Page Updated

ICYMI, a few days ago I announced the availability of an updated version of the “Where to Publish Your Work” page right here on this website. Consider it your go-to resource for literary- and freelance-market research. (P.S. If the page helps you find a home for your work, I’d love to hear that success story!)

Friedman_Pumpkinflowers_jkt_HC_rgb_2MB_HR-1What I’m Reading

Slowly but steadily, I’m making my way through Matti Friedman’s stunning new book. Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story is a relatively slender volume, and many of its chapters are quite short. But it’s powerful and intense, and I am reading it carefully and in small doses. (I must add that as I read, I’m aware of an additional layer of meaning because this week brings both Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day.)

Pumpkinflowers is receiving a lot of excellent attention. See, for example, these reviews. Listen to Matti’s conversation with The New York Times Book Review‘s Pamela Paul. And read a related piece by Matti for TheAtlantic.com.

Then, get your hands on a copy of the book.

And Now for Something Completely Different

In a week that has produced what somehow feels as though it’s more than my fair allotment of poetry rejections, this sharing of my words–an RT from the esteemed Donna Brazile!–is a definite highlight.

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Words of the Week

I’m going to break a bit with the usual format of these “Words of the Week” posts.

A couple of weeks ago, the wonderful 24/6: Jewish Theater Twitter feed alerted me to an amazing online offering: a full video of the recent Signature Theatre production of Arthur Miller’s play Incident at Vichy, presented via WNET-THIRTEEN’s Theater Close-Up series. I was lucky to catch a performance of the play here in New York a few months ago. It was excellent, and I recommend that you take this opportunity to see it for yourself from the comfort of your own screen.

As WNET has noted of this production: Continue reading ›

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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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Sunday Sentence

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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.”

They were right.

Source: Sheryl Sandberg

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Friday Finds for Writers

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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.

  • Salaried editorial fellowship available at Lilith magazine.
  • I was bowled over this week by “Can You Spot the Latino?”, an essay by Salvador Litvak on Hevria.
  • Wishing everyone heading to the 2016 International Jewish Artist Retreat a wonderful experience!
  • A hearty Mazal Tov to Jessamyn Hope on a new honor for her debut novel Safekeeping.
  • And let’s not forget that May is Jewish American Heritage Month. Check this website for resources/info.
  • Shabbat shalom.

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