Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer


My blogging time with Poetry Has Value may have reached its end, but that doesn’t mean I can’t continue to share my poetry submission stats with you. So here’s the report for the month of April.

First, a prelude: I’m sorry to say that despite my most noble intentions, National Poetry Month was a generative bust for me. (I think I drafted just two new poems.)

Also, if you’re new to these posts, it may be helpful for you to know that I work very hard to submit my work mainly to paying venues that don’t charge fees for journal/website publication. If you’re similarly looking for paying calls and contests that don’t charge submission fees, you’re always welcome to check my monthly newsletter (and with my weekly “Monday Markets” posts on this blog). And if you’d like to know more about how, generally speaking, I choose where to send my work, this Literary Hub essay remains a good standby.

On with the April report: (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

A Title Is Chosen

Many thanks to the three of you who chimed in here.

I was inclined to agree with you: “The Nameless” was the first draft’s title, but I was already moving toward “The Unnamed” when I posted the poll. Glad that you agreed!

Now, to get the poem submitted, placed, and published!


Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

A Book is Born

Much of my own past week has been spent focusing on the official release of the latest book from Fig Tree Books LLC: Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.

Photo credit: Michael Nagle.

Mazal tov to Abby and to everyone who participated in the process of bringing this book into being, in all so many ways.

And Otherwise

Otherwise, my time’s been filled with a number of gatherings with friends; an evening at the theater; a night at a museum; helping out while my sister (a divorced mom of two) was stricken with strep; finishing up Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees; and continuing my delayed binge-consumption of Homeland.

So what’s new with you?

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Just a few quick notes today.

Event Video Available

First things first: Following up on last week’s post about the event at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, I’m happy to share a video of the event, including each author’s presentation and the group discussion/Q&A that followed.

In Other Event-Related News

Speaking of events, a quick thank-you to everyone who came out to Columbia University’s Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies last night for “Still the People of the Book? A Discussion of Jewish Book Publishing Today featuring a conversation with Erika Dreifus, Fig Tree Books, Naomi Firestone-Teeter, Jewish Book Council, and Stuart Matlins, Jewish Lights, and moderated by Adam Kirsch, Jewish Studies MA Program Director.” It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces in the room!

Last-Chance Pre-Publication Giveaway

And while we’re on the subject of Jewish books—today brings the launch of one final pre-publication giveaway for Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew. I’m coordinating this giveaway on behalf of Fig Tree Books LLC, is publishing the book on March 14.

Please go on over to Goodreads to enter.