Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. Yesterday brought my “first day of school”—the first meeting of the undergraduate class I’m teaching on “21st-Century Jewish Literature.” So a great deal of my time and effort these past several days went toward preparation. (Spoiler: I survived!)

2. On Monday, though, I did manage to draft an essay/op-ed, which is something that I don’t think I’ve done for a while. I’m hoping that it will find a home, but one never knows.

3. And in the spirit of last week’s post, I’ll say that once again, I suspect that some of my most “meaningful” writing this week won’t be published: Having just learned about the imminent retirement of someone who made a difference in my life (and in the lives of many others) during his 50+ years of work at the college I attended, I wrote a brief note and dropped it in the mailbox. I hope that it reaches him before the announced September 1 retirement date—but if it doesn’t, I’ll trust his office to forward it to him.

Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. It’s not anywhere in my official bio, but I happen to be a third-generation purveyor of occasional verse!

My mother’s Aunt Mimi was famous for enlivening family celebrations with her customized odes, and that’s a tradition that her daughter Patti and my mother have sustained. Now I have taken up this mantle as well.

All of which is to say that the most significant writing project I’ve worked on this week is a poem that I drafted in honor of my niece’s 16th birthday. It’s a rhyming recollection of the day she was born.

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Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. AWP

Lots of writers received news in recent days from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) concerning the fate of their session proposals for the upcoming annual conference. In my case, the proposal I was part of was not accepted. (My co-panelists are mulling over the possibility of pitching a “roundtable” style article on our would-be session topic, which is connected to book promotion. We shall see.)

Truthfully, I’m not all that disappointed.

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