Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Amy K.A Rainy Evening’s Reading

Not even heavy rain kept the crowd from filling the event space at the Barnes & Noble on Manhattan’s Upper West Side last Thursday evening. Everyone had come for Amy Koppelman‘s reading from her latest novel, Hesitation Wounds.

Here’s Amy listening to the very first question from the audience–(her husband happened to be the one who posed the question). Also present for the occasion: one of Amy’s early writing teachers, Michael Cunningham, who by her account, sounds as though he is the epitome of a generous writing mentor.

And it definitely looks as though there’s more than one writer in the family: Amy posted a link yesterday to this lovely essay by her teenaged daughter. Go take a read. Especially if you ever felt friendless/alone as an adolescent. (Spoiler alert: It’s really a happy essay! And poetry plays a part!) (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

FullSizeRender-23My First BinderCon

This weekend saw me attending the BinderCon conference here in New York for the first time. For those of you not yet familiar with BinderCon, it describes itself as “a conference and community for women and gender non‑conforming writers.” I was there wearing a couple of hats–I’m a woman writer who has been part of the BinderCon community online for a couple of years, but I also went to the conference as a representative from Fig Tree Books, the publishing company that I work for.

There’s good news for those who weren’t able to attend: Sessions were recorded and, co-organizer Leigh Stein assured me when we chatted briefly during a Happy Hour, will be made available online.

Meantime, here are a few highlight nuggets I can share with you: (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

“Live from the Library”

It has been a busy time since last week’s update.

To begin: Wednesday evening, I read new poetry at the semi-annual Live from the Library event at the New York Society Library. It was a gracious, inspiring occasion. The Library did an amazing job. The room was packed, and the refreshments most welcome.

Each reader was allotted five minutes, which was enough time for me (I practiced! more than once!) to share three poems. None of them had been published.

YET. (more…)

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

It has been quite a busy literary time since my last update. Here are just a few highlights, in reverse chronological order.

“A Reading and Conversation with Harman Writer-in-Residence Eduardo Halfon”

PolishBoxerI discovered the work of Eduardo Halfon a few years ago, when his first book in English, The Polish Boxer, was released (and I reviewed it). I’ve followed his writing with great interest since then, and I was thrilled to learn that he’d been named the Fall 2016 Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College of The City University of New York.

The Harman Writer traditionally gives a public reading during the semester in residence, and late yesterday it was Eduardo Halfon’s turn to do so. He did a wonderful job. I hope to have the chance to catch up the author at least one more time before his Harman appointment ends: I have some questions I’d like to ask him in conjunction with my ongoing essay/article/chapter on writings by grandchildren of Holocaust refugees and survivors, which I’ve mentioned here before. (more…)