Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick updates from my desk.

1. At the moment, it feels as though I’m bouncing from one writing project to another—and not always making a whole lot of progress in/completing any of them. But maybe I’ll have a more sanguine outlook next week!

2. Reminder: You’ve still got time to register for this online book club, which I’ll be leading one week from today. (I finished the book this past week, and there’s lots to talk about.)

3. And last, but definitely not least: Yesterday brought the most recent spotlight to focus on my own Birthright: Poems. Check out Ruben Quesada’s questions, and my answers—and get to know the work of Zohar Atkins, too.

Screenshot of tweet announcing latest edition of Ruben Quesada's "Poetry Today" column for the Kenyon Review blog.

A side note: This is one of Birthright‘s not-so-many appearances in a general-interest (aka “mainstream”) literary venue. I’d like to commend Kenyon Review for its genuinely inclusive reach: How often do you find two decidedly Jewish collections featured on a literary magazine’s blog—coinciding, by the way, with an explicitly Orthodox Jewish short story in its current print issue? (Matthue Roth’s “The Simple Ones,” which is unfortunately not available online.) This isn’t the first time that I’ve noticed KR‘s expansiveness in this context. And I appreciate it.

Screenshot of tweet announcing latest edition of Ruben Quesada's "Poetry Today" column for the Kenyon Review blog.

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