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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Some writing-related highlights of the past week:

  • Catching up with other subscribers and contributors to Lilith at an evening gathering the magazine hosted in New York.
  • Being interviewed for a podcast for the very first time! And having that podcast be HevriaCast, which means that I got to meet Elad Nehorai “in real life” for the very first time, too.
  • Attending a terrific program that featured authors Matti Friedman and Nicole Krauss in conversation (and that evidently provided audiences the first opportunity to hear Krauss read publicly from her forthcoming novel).
  • Receiving an acceptance for a poem that will be published in time for the annual reading of the Torah portion Naso (early June). This is especially nice because of course, the week also brought some typical rejections. Stay tuned: I’ll share the poem when it’s available.
  • Two good reads: Dorit Rabinyan’s All the Rivers (trans. Jessica Cohen) and Richard Chess’s latest poetry collection, Love Nailed to the Doorpost.
  • More next time!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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    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.”

    My mother and the other Muriels and friends with other names we rarely hear anymore, like Bernice and Mildred, were also, in their own way, the Greatest.

    Source: Sandee Brawarsky, “Into the Fold: A Mother’s Grace” (The Jewish Week)

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    Friday Finds for Writers


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

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    Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

    Some big news to share today: After nearly three years helping to launch Fig Tree Books LLC (FTB), I will be leaving the Company. My final day with FTB will be Thursday, June 8.

    I’ve enjoyed my time as FTB’s Media Editor immensely, and I owe much of that to all of you. So many among you have supported our work at FTB from the start: helping me publicize the Company and its happenings, reviewing its titles, interviewing its authors, and, above all, reading the books! For all of that, I thank you.

    I’ll have more to share about what’s coming my way in due course. For now, I’m simply grateful for the past few years and eager to pursue the path ahead. I look forward to sharing the next phase with all of you!

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    Monday Markets and Jobs for Writers

    Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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