Jewish Literary Links
Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- A happy announcement from the Jewish Poetry Project (via Twitter thread): “Big personnel news: We’re delighted to announce that Julia Knobloch has agreed to be the editor of the Jewish Poetry Project.”
- And from the Maimonides Fund: “The Digital Storytellers Lab of the Jewish Writers’ Initiative has selected thirteen digital media writers/creators for its inaugural program. A project of Maimonides Fund, the Lab is an eight-month fellowship designed to kickstart the development of new digital audio/visual media exploring Jewish themes and narratives, encouraging creators to tell Jewish stories in innovative, digital-first ways.”
- Opportunities for college students from New Voices, “the official magazine of the Jewish Student Press Service, the only Jewish and justice-focused magazine by and for Jews ages 18-24.” First, the magazine’s paid fellowship program (featuring placements with Judaism Unbound, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and TC Jewfolk) has extended its application deadline to Friday, August 19. The magazine is also open for pitches from its target demographic—check Associate Editor Lauren Halimi’s full thread for details (some of the instructions change slightly as the thread continues). Pay rates: “$25 for opinion, reviews, & poetry; $30 for fiction; $50 for commissioned reviews; $100 for feature articles; and $75-250 for reported articles and investigations. Stories about gender justice often pay a bit more. Rates are flexible based on time and word count.”
- Attention, those in the Boston area: “Combined Jewish Philanthropies is pleased to announce our FY23 Arts and Culture Community Impact Grant Fund (the “Fund”). The Fund was developed to support artists, enrich our community through culture, and explore the depth of Jewish experience and memory. Through the application process, we hope to maximize our awareness and response to artists and the Greater Boston arts and culture community.” (Now I really wish that I still lived in Cambridge!) Letters of intent are due by August 31. One $25,000 grant is available for “a collaborative project led by at least three artists. This collaboration team should include Jewish artists and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists and employ multiple artistic mediums. Projects should address a current societal or cultural theme or issue relevant to both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.” Ten $7,500 grants “will be awarded to projects by either individual artists or collaborative groups of artists. Artists of all artistic disciplines are encouraged to apply.” (Cross-posted on Practicing Writing.)
- In which Andrew Esensten and Philissa Cramer recall the life and accomplishments of author Elana Dykewomon (1949-2022).