Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

  • From Publishers Weekly: “L. L. McKinney, the author who developed the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag campaign earlier this month, has announced the Juneteenth Book Festival, which will take place on Friday, June 19. The event is being co-organized by Saraciea Fennell, a book publicist and founder of The Bronx is Reading – Bronx Book Festival.”
  • Speaking of the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag—that’s one of the threads in Sophfronia Scott’s latest, moving “Ruminations” in The Waking, Ruminate magazine’s online journal. (Full title of the piece: “Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace.”
  • Another moving piece, this time on the Brevity blog: “Never Too Late: On Finding a Literary Life,” by Shiv Dutta (one of the many wonderful people I met when I attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference a few summers ago).
  • Also noted in Publishers Weekly: “The Association of University Presses presented two awards during its virtual annual meeting on Monday: Larin McLaughlin, editor-in-chief of the University of Washington Press, received the Constituency Award for her commitment to advancing the goals of diversity and inclusion in the university press community; Ned Stuckey-French was awarded posthumously the inaugural StandUP Award to honor people who are not on staff at a university press but who have done extraordinary work to support, defend, and celebrate university presses.” I don’t know Larin McLaughlin, but I was acquainted with Ned Stuckey-French, and I hope that if you have some time you’ll check out the short video tribute that’s linked within the brief article.
  • And, as always, there’s a new batch of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog. On this Juneteenth, I’ll recommend especially that you click on over to check out some “representations of black struggle in the pages of Yiddish literature,” as sourced in the Yiddish Book Center’s latest “Weekly Reader.”

Have a meaningful, peaceful, healthy weekend, everyone.

Jewish Literary Links

Each week as Shabbat approaches, the My Machberet blog presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.

  • From Alma: “20 Books by Black Jewish Authors You Should Read.” (I’ve just begun reading one of the books on the Alma list, James McBride’s The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, in preparation for a book club.)
  • By Jane Eisner: an analysis of “The Uncertain Future of Jewish News Media.”
  • LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Art and Culture, “a non-religious house of study at the 14th Street Y” in New York that aims to be “an international incubator for creativity” and annually “selects a group of ten fellows to join us for a yearlong study of classical Jewish texts centered around a theme” is now accepting fellowship applications. The theme for 2020-21 will be “Chosen,” and “artists and culture-makers from any creative field” may apply. NB: “All applicants must apply to LABA with either a work-in-process or a concrete project idea connected to the theme of CHOSEN. Our goal is to be informed and inspired by the study sessions, which, we have found, happens on a much deeper level when the fellows have a specific goal in mind. LABA fellows receive a $1500 stipend and a small stipend (up to $250) for a LABA-focused presentation.” Application deadline: July 13.
  • From the Yiddish Book Center: Pakn Treger‘s 2020 Translation issue.
  • Happening this Sunday (June 14): Jerusalism’s Mekuvan series will host an online reading by and discussion with poet and scholar Alicia Ostriker.
Re-upping this video from March because of its connection with this week’s Torah portion. Enjoy!

Shabbat shalom.