Professional, short version Erika Dreifus is the author of Birthright: Poems, published by Kelsay Books in fall 2019. She is also the author of Quiet Americans: Stories, a short-story collection that is largely inspired by the histories and experiences of her paternal grandparents, German Jews who escaped Nazi persecution and immigrated to the United States […]
What story or book do you feel closest to? I’ve been rereading Betty Smith’s 1943 novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, at least once or twice a year since I was a child. It was a favorite of my mom’s when she growing up, and she gave me my first copy. I was captivated by […]
Erika’s ability to assist others with their writing–and to discuss her own–has earned her praise from many quarters. (For assessments of her work with The Practicing Writer newsletter in particular, please check this page.) “Erika Dreifus has such a wide and diverse range of knowledge about literature and publishing today. Author, editor, liaison, publicist, literary […]
Awards & Honors
Writing Fellow, Sami Rohr Jewish Literary Institute (2019-Present) Nominee, Pushcart Prize (2019, for “A Single Woman of Valor”) Honorable Mention, Rhyme On Poetry Contest (2018, for “When Your Niece Attends a Jewish Day School”) Winner, Manhattan Jewish Experience Poetry Contest (2017, for “Comforts of Home”) Nominee, Pushcart Prize (2017, for “The End of the Lines”) […]
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As of summer 2019, Erika has curtailed her book-publicity practice. Please check back for updates.