Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

A Notable Reprint

I’m honored that Jewish Journal chose to re-publish my poem, “Questions for the Critics,” in last week’s edition, coinciding with Israel’s Independence Day.


(Special thanks to Afshine Emrani, M.D., for taking this photo from the print issue and sharing it on Twitter!)

Invite Me!

Big news: I’m now a participating author in the Jewish Book Council’s Read On! program. This means that you can invite me to come read (and speak) via the Jewish Book Council.


I’m always happy to discuss my book of short stories, but I’m equally at home talking about the nuts-and-bolts of publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. And about writings by grandchildren of Holocaust survivors and refugees. For starters. Let’s see what sort of program possibilities we can come up with together!


It took me all of two days to read Pamela Erens’s new novel, Eleven Hours. And honestly, I could have read it in a single evening: I chose to extend the experience of reading it.

I began reading Eleven Hours shortly before the start of an event here in New York (at one of my favorite local bookstores, Book Culture on Columbus). But I’d read enough it by the time I discovered Anna Solomon’s superb review for the Boston Globe to concur with Anna’s take completely.)