Notable Items in the New Moment Magazine

I received the latest issue of Moment magazine a few days ago. There’s a lot worth noting:

1) An article in which “three Israeli authors [A.B. Yehoshua, Naomi Ragen, and Etgar Keret] “shed the guise of fiction to tell us about their favorite places in the country they love.”

2) A compilation of “the best of Israeli blogs.” (This should keep me busy for awhile.)

3) Commentary on “Jews of Questionable Taste,” those who “exploit their identity to enhance the impact of their anti-Jewish speech and action.”

4) An important “Editor’s Column,” on a “media frenzy” I’d completely missed. (I guess I haven’t been sufficiently attentive to the magazine’s blog.)

5) A poem by Frederick Pollack.

And there’s much more.

New Literary Journal from Israel: The Arava Review

A sincere “todah rabah” to Tova Gardner, co-founder of The Arava Review, for telling me about the new Israel-based journal:

From the Web site:

We’re looking for excellent works of poetry, fiction, and visual art. Though you don’t have to be previously published, do send us your best work.

A few words about the Arava (Arava Rift Valley): An area in southeastern Israel that divides the Negev Range from the Edom Mountains to the east. The meaning of Arava is “arid wilderness”. Its first known reference is in Deuteronomy 1:1: “These are the words Moses spoke to all Israel in the desert east of the Jordan—that is, in the Arabah—opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth and Dizahab.”

These are our first few weeks online. We’ve begun receiving submissions and are excited to put up content, so please submit!

Submit, read, and enjoy!

Israeli Authors at the PEN World Voices Festival

The PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature is coming soon: late April/early May. Most events are taking place in New York City, and some are free and open to the public.

Several events feature Israeli authors Meir Shalev and David Grossman. Check out the following:

April 27, 2009: Meir Shalev: The State of Israeli Literature
April 30, 2009: Meir Shalev in Conversation with Daniel Menaker
May 3, 2009: Conversation: David Grossman and Leonard Lopate
May 4, 2009: See Under: Love: David Grossman on Bruno Schulz

Update: Apparently, I missed a couple of relevant events when I put this post together. Apologies to all. Here, thanks to Naomi Firestone and the Jewish Book Council, is the full roster.

Introducing Gila Green

This blog’s site statistics reveal that a number of people find their way to My Machberet because they’re searching for information on creative writing in Israel. Which makes me especially pleased to introduce you to Gila Green, a writer who grew up in Canada and moved to Israel in 1994. She holds an MA in English Literature, with a major in Creative Writing, from Bar Ilan University, and has published work in multiple genres (including a number of short stories).

Gila’s blog will tell you lots more about her writing, and it will also fill you in on her workshops and lectures for creative writers. (In an e-mail, Gila told me that she has a particular interest in “bridging the gap I see between religious and non-religious writers.”)

I’m going to be visiting her blog frequently. You may want to, as well.