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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

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Three quick things:

1. Author Photo Update

This past Monday was the day of the shoot for the author photo for my forthcoming poetry collection (Birthright). Although I was anxious ahead of time, both the photographer and the makeup artist really put me at ease. Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three Quick Things

1. I received a lovely rejection note this week for the poems I’d entered into Gaze‘s “Loving Gaze Poetry Contest.” Not only did the editor include some kind words about my (losing) poems and invite me to send additional work in the future, but she also thanked me for having publicized the contest to other writers. It was simply a gracious note that left a warm impression. (I don’t see an announcement about the winning contest work on the site yet, but I’ll look forward to reading it.) Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

I returned home to NYC this weekend looking forward to a few quiet weeks to catch up with my massive to-do list and then, BAM! Attack of the Killer Cold! I haven’t had a knockout cold like this for quite some time (which is a good thing). And, look—it’s just a cold! Still, it has slowed me down. I hope to be back to “normal” very soon.

In the meantime: Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Coming back to planet Earth from an uplifting visit to two classes yesterday at Central Connecticut State University, where I met with students (and faculty) and talked about my short story collection Quiet Americans. I can’t remember if my host and I organized it this way back when we set the date for these presentations/conversation, but it turned out to be an especially timely visit, since Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) begins this evening.

2. In related news: Yes, last weekend’s synagogue attack in California (not to mention the responses to it) got me thinking about a lot of things that ideally, I might try to write up in an essay. But this is not an ideal moment for me to do so. I feel as though I’m running around like that proverbial headless chicken. So an essay on this topic (or on one or two other matters that have been occupying many of my intellectual and emotional energies) isn’t likely to happen anytime too soon.

3. One thing that I have managed to do: publish the May issue of the The Practicing Writer. If you’ve missed it, you can find it online here, where it shall remain until the June edition replaces it.

May it be a good May for us all!

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. THANK YOU

First things first: Thanks so much to everyone who commented and corresponded with me last week about both of the Birthright-related questions that I raised in that set of Midweek Notes. I value all of the input, and I’m happy to tell you that I was able to complete the survey and, as of Monday, sent it back to the web designer with your comments.

2. Newly Published Poem Continue reading ›

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things—and requests for your input! Continue reading ›

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