Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
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Some writing-related highlights of the past week:
Catching up with other subscribers and contributors to Lilith at an evening gathering the magazine hosted in New York.
Being interviewed for a podcast for the very first time! And having that podcast be HevriaCast, which means that I got to meet Elad Nehorai “in real life” for the very first time, too.
Attending a terrific program that featured authors Matti Friedman and Nicole Krauss in conversation (and that evidently provided audiences the first opportunity to hear Krauss read publicly from her forthcoming novel).
Receiving an acceptance for a poem that will be published in time for the annual reading of the Torah portion Naso (early June). This is especially nice because of course, the week also brought some typical rejections. Stay tuned: I’ll share the poem when it’s available.
Two good reads: Dorit Rabinyan’s All the Rivers (trans. Jessica Cohen) and Richard Chess’s latest poetry collection, Love Nailed to the Doorpost.
More next time!
Every Friday My Machberet presents an array of Jewish-interest links, primarily of the literary variety.
It was quite a moment when Judy Bolton-Fasman told Gold Star father and American patriot Khzir Khan about the lamed vavniks—and her belief that he stands among them. (I dare you not to tear up at the last paragraph of this piece.)
And another poignant, powerful piece: a review-essay by Nina Badzin on the resonance, this Passover holiday, of Abigail Pogrebin’s My Jewish Year.
Pogrebin’s aforementioned new book is one of “Eight New Books for Passover 5777” recommended by the Jewish Book Council’s Nat Bernstein.
An especially good episode of “Israel in Translation” includes a link to Almog Behar’s website, where you can freely download, a new draft version of collected translations of Behar’s poems and stories and some other texts, in a bilingual (Hebrew/English) edition.
And over on my other blog, I’ve shared some exciting news about a poetry contest sponsored by the Manhattan Jewish Experience.
Photo Credit: Reut Miryam Cohen
Shabbat shalom, and happiest Passover wishes!
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