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NB: As of May 2016, Erika has joined the Jewish Book Council’s Read On! program. This means that you can invite her to come read (and speak) via the Jewish Book Council. Erika is always happy to discuss her book of short stories, but she’s equally at home talking about the nuts-and-bolts of publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. And about lots of other topics, as the past events mentioned below suggest.

November 2019: Erika’s new book, Birthright: Poems, will be published by Kelsay Books. Stay tuned for updates!

Past Events

April 2019: Erika visited classes at Central Connecticut State University.

December 2018: Erika moderated a publicity-related panel and offered individual consultations at the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Writers’ Seminar in New York.

November 2018: Erika delivered the “creative keynote” address at the 24th Annual Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Symposium in Miami Beach.

May 2018: Erika participated in the annual conference of the American Literature Association in San Francisco, on a panel on “Third-Generation Holocaust Representation.”

April 2018: As a Teaching Scholar at Grub Street’s The Muse and the Marketplace conference in Boston, Erika co-led (with Rachel Kadish) a session titled “Writing (and Publishing) While Jewish: The Situation in 2018.”

December 2017: Erika moderated a book-publicity panel and met with writers individually at the Jewish Book Council’s Jewish Writers’ Seminar in New York.

February 2017: Erika took part in a panel discussion, “Still the People of the Book? A Discussion of Jewish Book Publishing Today,” at the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University in New York, NY.

February 2017: Erika took part in “Memory Transferred: Voices from the Descendants of Destruction and Displacement,” at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

January-March 2016: Erika led a seminar for members of the New York Society Library: “Telling Their Grandparents’ Stories: Writings by Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors and Refugees.

January 2016: Erika was a guest faculty member at the Red Earth MFA Program at Oklahoma City University. 

May 2014: Erika served as a fiction panelist at the first The Whole Megillah Conference on Jewish Story in New York.

May 2014: Erika moderated a session on “After the MFA: Constructing & Leading a Writing Life” at Grub Street’s The Muse & the Marketplace conference in Boston.

April 2014: Erika visited a private group to discuss Quiet Americans.

October 2013: As guest speaker, Erika helped launch the Scarsdale (N.Y.) Public Library Writers Center Professional Series. The topic of her talk: “Mapping the Changing Publishing Marketplace.”

August 2013: Erika was a guest faculty member at the Whidbey Writers Workshop Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program fall residency, teaching sessions on freelance writing and fiction writing.

May 2013: The Museum of Jewish Heritage (New York) Young Friends Book Club welcomed Erika to lead a discussion on Quiet Americans, followed by a tour of the Museum’s exhibition, “Against the Odds: American Jews and the Rescue of Europe’s Refugees, 1933-1941.”

May 2013: Erika was Boston-bound for Grub Street’s The Muse & the Marketplace conference, where she moderated a panel titled “Grubbie Guide to Contests, Conferences & Residencies” that featured authors Sheri Joseph and Douglas Trevor.

March 2013: Erika was the featured guest for the Generations of the Shoah (GSI) Book/Film Discussion Group on Facebook. 

January 2013: Union Temple of Brooklyn (N.Y.), Breakfast and book discussion hosted by the temple Brotherhood.

January 2013: Thanks to the miracle of Skype, Erika met with a book group in Massachusetts. Interested in having Erika “visit” your book group? Please keep reading!

December 2012: Erika was the Facebook Writer-in-Residence for the Association of Jewish Libraries, discussing Jewishly-focused writing and literature on the AJL Facebook page.

November 2012: Erika read and discussed her poem “Questions for the Critics” on Shalom USA Radio.

November 2012: Temple Sholom of West Essex (N.J.), Discussion of Quiet Americans.

November 2012: State University of New York- Geneseo, Reading and class visit.

November 2012: JCC Lane Dworkin Jewish Book Festival (Rochester, N.Y.).

October 2012: Big Blue Marble Bookstore (Philadelphia), publishing workshop and reading, co-sponsored by Apiary Mgaazine.

April  2012: Baruch College of The City University of New York, private classroom visit.

April 2012: City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (New York), “My German-Jewish Grandparents and Third-Generation Preoccupations: History, Healing, and Happily Ever After?”

March 2012: Congregation Beth Israel (Charlottesville, Va.), “Why Is This Jewish-American Writer Different from (Some) Other Jewish-American Writers?”

March 2012: WriterHouse (Charlottesville, Va.), “Writing What We Know, for Love & Money,” and Virginia Festival of the Book panel, “The Art of Short Fiction.”

December 2011: Erika’s short story, “Fidelis,” is read by Susan Stamberg and featured as part of the annual “Hanukkah Lights” broadcast on National Public Radio.

November 18, 2011: Temple B’nai Jeshurun (N.J.), “Why Is This Jewish-American Writer Different from (Some) Other Jewish-American Writers?”

November  2011: Jewish Historical Society of New York, “Looking Backward: History, the Holocaust, and Literary Writing in the Third Generation.”

August 2011: “The Submission Mission” Monthly Chat on SheWrites.com. Erika guest-hosted a chat on contests, grants, fellowships, and residencies for writers. 

June 2011: Manhattanville College Summer Writers’ Week (Purchase, N.Y.): Erika led a session on the subject of “Social Media Strategies for Writers.”

May 2011: Erika visited (via telephone) with a synagogue book group to discuss Quiet Americans. (Want to invite Erika to participate in your book club’s meeting? Please click here.)

May 2011: Conference on German-Speaking Jews in New York City: Their Immigration and Lasting Presence (Baruch College of The City University of New York & The Leo Baeck Institute). (Watch a video recording of Erika’s presentation: She’s introduced 31 minutes into the session.)

April 2011: Grub Street, Inc., Muse & the Marketplace Conference (Boston).

April 2011: Jewish Book Council Twitter Book Club Chat: Read the transcript of our lively online discussion.

April 2011: Sunday Salon Reading Series (New York; enjoy a video snippet).

March 2011: Girl Talk: A Poetry Reading in Celebration of Women’s History Month (West Caldwell, N.J.)

February 2011: National Museum of American Jewish Military History (Washington, D.C.). Reading from and discussion of Quiet Americans.

February 2011: Association of Writers and Writing Programs Annual Conference (Washington, D.C.)

  • Thursday, February 3: “Beyond Bagels and Lox: Jewish-American Fiction in the 21st CenturyErika Dreifus, Andrew Furman, Kevin Haworth, Margot Singer, Anna Solomon
  • Friday, February 4: Quiet Americans book-signing Hosted by Fiction Writers Review from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the FWR Bookfair location.
  • Saturday, February 5: “Finding and Creating Online Teaching Opportunities—and Sustaining and Succeeding in Them” Erika Dreifus, Sage Cohen, Andrew Gray, Chloe’ Yelena Miller, Michael Morse, Scott Warnock

Week of January 17, 2011: Winter Blog Tour launched. Details  & itinerary here