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About #AWP17

So, Monday morning brought news that lots of writers were waiting for—outcomes for panel proposals submitted for the program of the 2017 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) conference which will take place in Washington next February. I’ll cut to the chase: The proposal that I organized was rejected.

I wasn’t all that surprised. (At this point, I’m much more surprised when one of my panels is accepted.) Of course, it’s entirely possible that the rejection is a matter of sheer mathematics and the fact that far more proposals were submitted than could be accepted. I’m not going to speculate whew about any other reasons why the panel wasn’t approved.

But I will say a couple of other things. Continue reading ›

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Words of the Week

“The false narrative about the Middle East, in which Palestinians are depicted as the moral equivalent of the victims of America’s Jim Crow era rather than a people who have repeatedly rejected peace and are dedicated to the eradication of Israel, is regarded by the left as accepted truth.”

Source: Jonathan Tobin, “The Anti-Israel Left and the Dems” (Commentarymagazine.com)

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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

Dictionnaire

 

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.”

Vert (green), verre (glass), ver (worm), vers (toward), and vair (squirrel fur) constitute a quintuple homophone, not even counting vertsverres, and vers

Source: Lauren Collins, “Love in Translation” (The New Yorker)

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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.

  • Want some free copies of Lilith magazine? Check out this offer.
  • Jewish Journal‘s latest poem: “Miriam Lives in Apt. 2C,” by Sivan Butler-Rotholz.
  • Jewcy wants to know: “What Was Your First Experience With Anti-Semitism?”
  • PSA: Guess what’s up on Goodreads??? Put Abigail Pogrebin’s ‪My Jewish Year on your “want-to-read” shelf, and you should be notified as soon as the giveaways commence.
  • And I enjoyed this Chabad.org video that runs through “101 Authors Who Didn’t Write the Bible.”
  • Shabbat shalom.

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