Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick notes from my desk.

1. Received this week: my contributor copy of Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah.

page of Mishkan HaSeder on which my poem "Dayenu" appears. The poem reads:


At Passover, we read aloud from the Haggadah
and we mention four children. 
When I was growing up, we laughed
as each found its match around the table:
the wise child, the rebellious, the simple.
But later, the laughter stopped
when we reached the child who is unable to ask.

We looked at him, this little boy whose brain and muscles
and vocal cords couldn’t always communicate.
Back then, we didn’t know when he’d be able to ask, 
when he might utter intelligible words, let alone questions, 
syntactically incorrect as they may still sometimes be.
Now, he sings Dayenu with all the other children.
Elijah smiles. Miriam dances. We applaud.
Page on which my poem “Dayenu” appears (albeit with an additional stanza break that shouldn’t be there, but I’m trying not to focus too much on that!)

2. You can also find “Dayenu” in my collection Birthright, which this week received a beautiful new review from book blogger/reviewer Angie Mangino.

3. As far as newer work is concerned—if you follow me on Twitter you may have caught a disclosure about my recently-completed picture-book manuscript. I was compelled to share it was part of last week’s #PBPitch event. So far, my tweet hasn’t seemed to inspire any agents/publishing people to reach out.

But I’m still waiting to hear back from the publisher who’s had the ms since mid-December, and hope springs eternal!

Against a background of lined comosition paper, the words "Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer" appear

3 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Good luck with the picture book! Waiting is so hard! Did you provide the pictures as well, or just the text?

  2. Erika Dreifus says:

    Alas, I am only an author–not an illustrator. Typically the publisher matches the two, unless the creator is that rare combo bird.

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