Notes from Around the Web: Literary Links for Shabbat

  • It’s still April, which means that it’s still National Poetry Month. To celebrate, The Forward‘s Arty Semite blog is featuring new poetry every weekday.
  • Also celebrating: Moment magazine, with a feature on “Ten Great Jewish Poets.”
  • Moment may have to add another poet to its list. This week, The Writer’s Almanac featured an absolutely stunning poem by Jacqueline Berger: “Why I’m Here.” Go read it.
  • In other news, Linda K. Wertheimer reports on an unusual writing workshop: at a mikveh.
  • New Jersey Jewish News interviews author Anita Diamant.
  • The shortlist for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize has been announced. (Hat tip: The Literary Saloon.)
  • Mark Shechner, Thane Rosenbaum, and Victoria Arons–judges for the Edward Lewis Wallant Prize–share their thoughts on “The New Jewish Literature.”
  • Don’t forget, it’s just a few days until the next meeting of the Jewish Book Council’s Twitter Book Club. Up on Tuesday (April 12): Quiet Americans! I really hope to see you there!
  • Meantime, Shabbat shalom!