Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three brief updates from my desk.

1. Cover (and pub date) reveal! I have work appearing in two forthcoming anthologies. Not long ago I shared the cover reveal for one of them (The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction).

And now, I can share similar news about the other:

cover image for 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium
cover image for 101 Jewish Poems for the Third Millennium

Edited by Matthew E. Silverman and Nancy Naomi Carlson, this anthology will be published by Ashland Poetry Press on January 1, 2021. But I may have a contributor copy in time to hand it over to my parents for Hanukkah —sorry to spoil the surprise, Mom! (My mom is this blog’s most faithful reader!)

2. Registration is now open for the upcoming book club that I’ll be facilitating two weeks from today to discuss Faris Cassell’s The Unanswered Letter: One Holocaust Family’s Desperate Plea for Help. (Side note: I mentioned this gig elsewhere a few days ago, which led to my receiving an inquiry from an author who hoped that I’d consider their book for an upcoming club meeting. Please do not follow that example! I’m not selecting titles–I’m hired to discuss specific books. This one very much dovetails with my background and interests, but I didn’t propose it to the sponsoring institution.)

3. Late last week, my laptop succumbed to what was clearly a terminal illness (all my denial notwithstanding). But we had a good, nearly decade-long run.

Fortunately, I was able to replace it and do a much better job transferring its contents to the replacement than I expected. May it rest in peace (and may I soon figure out how to wipe it clean—I can’t even get it to boot up at this point—before I recycle it).

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

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