Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

root-rescueNewly Published Poem

Happy to share my latest published poem, “Self-Portrait with Root Rescue™,” which Silver Birch Press published last week as part of its “My Mane Memories” series.

As noted beneath the poem, this one emerged from a prompt I discovered last April during National Poetry Month. I’d been trying to place it for several months when I learned about the themed call from Silver Birch Press. (I’d also read it aloud a couple of times in public, where it was well received.) (more…)

Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety

  • The week brought the latest Jewish Book Carnival, featuring news, reviews, and interviews from the world of Jewish book blogs.
  • Also recent: a wonderful interview on the Jewish Book Council with author Jessamyn Hope.
  • And speaking of the Jewish Book Council–apologies for the delay in sharing their Jewish Literary Map of the South.
  • This is such a gorgeous poem: “Jerusalem,” by Marcela Sulak (Jewish Journal).
  • A hearty mazal tov to my friend and teacher Amy Gottlieb, whose debut novel The Beautiful Possible launched this week. (I was lucky enough to attend the launch event at a local bookstore.)
  • Shabbat shalom.

    Pre-Shabbat Jewish Literary Links

    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
    Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
    Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • Another gem from Rebecca Klempner: “10 Ways to Use Your Writing to Add More Lovingkindness to the World.”
  • On my tbr list: Elliot Jager’s The Pater: My Father, My Judaism, My Childlessness, spotlighted recently by Varda Epstein.
  • Meet Aaron Samuels: “young, poetic and black—and Jewish.” (Talya Zax for The Forward)
  • A hearty mazal tov to Lilith magazine’s editor-in-chief Susan Weidman Schneider, who will receive a major award at Brandeis University (her alma mater) this weekend.
  • And if you haven’t seen them yet, here are some photos that I took at the Sunday launch of Ben Nadler’s The Sea Beach Line (Fig Tree Books) at BookCourt in Brooklyn.
  • Shabbat shalom.