Finds for Writers

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Most Fridays the Practicing Writing blog shares writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. But it’s been an excruciating week for so many of us. And frankly, I’ve paid next-to-no attention to garden-variety news from the writing and publishing spheres.

On Wednesday, however, I received an email from Facing History and Ourselves, a Boston-based global nonprofit organization that I’ve admired for many years. The email introduced a “mini-lesson” titled “Processing Attacks in Israel and the Outbreak of War in the Region.”

The resource isn’t perfect. (What resource is?) But one of its segments impressed me as something that, though intended for educators and students, could be clarifying for writers as well, in our work and in the rest of our lives. It’s a section titled “Avoiding Antisemitic and Islamophobic Tropes in Discussing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

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  • At this point, it’s extremely unlikely that I’ll be traveling to Washington (or anywhere) anytime soon. Fortunately, the National Portrait Gallery has posted images from “Her Story: A Century of Women Writers” that can be perused from home.
  • On poets and literary agents—Kevin Larimer investigates.
  • New Poet Laureate Guides on the Library of Congress website “break down each Poet Laureate’s tenure with easy-to-navigate links to their press releases, webcasts, and blog posts. Moreover, the new guides do something extra special, too: They provide a bibliography of each poet’s works, and information on how to access them at the Library. This feature will allow teachers across the country to access new books for their classroom.” Learn more about the guides from Maura Byrne’s post.
  • ICYMI: The October newsletter went out to subscribers this week. And in addition to all of the usual calls and competitions listed therein, the issue spotlights an updated list of post-MFA fellowships.
  • This is where I usually send you over to my other blog for a new set of Jewish-lit links. But this week, I just couldn’t keep up with everything. So there’s no new post there today.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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