Some day I may play the piano again; for now I’ll just write about it.

My essay “Prelude in C” was published in the latest issue of Foliate Oak Literary Magazine.

Read it here!

My latest published essay, “Alef, Bet, Gimel: Contemplations of a Wandering Jew” begins: “Being Jewish is my legacy, but what does that mean?” In this exploratory work I dig around in my roots to puzzle out what for me is an elusive identity yet one that I cling to.

I’m happy to have this work published in the 33rd issue of Hamilton Stone Review. Read it here in the nonfiction section.

That line from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park is the first of a number of quotations that I use to augment my essay, “My Quarrel with Grieving,” which was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Permafrost. Here’s the link.

This is my take on a difficult topic. Ruminating, researching and writing this piece turned out to be it’s own reward in that I solidified some of my thinking during the process. Still, it was gratifying to see it published in the 37th volume of the farthest north literary journal in the U.S.

Lest you think I’m slighting my number one source of quotes and inspiration, Virginia Woolf–no stranger to grief–is an integral part.

It’s a monograph: “a specialist work of writing on a single subject or an aspect of a subject, usually by a single author.” But indulge me–it has an ISBN, an International Standard Book Number, so let’s call it a book–a small book, but a book (we won’t trivialize it with “booklet” or “bookette”). Thank you!

That said, I’m happy to announce that Virginia Woolf as Memoirist: ‘I am made and remade continually’ has just been released by Cecil Woolf Publishers in London. This is my second inclusion in the Bloomsbury Heritage Series, which includes more than 70 publications about the lives and work of Virginia Woolf and others in the Bloomsbury group.

Cecil Woolf is the nephew of Leonard Woolf and the last living link to Virginia Woolf; he proudly points to Virginia’s mentions of him in her diary as “the boy with the sloping nose.” Cecil’s wife, Jean Moorcroft Wilson, is the general editor of the series as well as a Woolfian author and biographer of World War I poets. Cecil and Jean crossed the pond earlier this month to honor us with their presence at the 25th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania.


Here I am with the esteemed duo, displaying my newest addition.

More information about Cecil Woolf Publishers and the Bloomsbury Heritage Series is available at Blogging Woolf.

Last time it was a prompt; this time my impetus was a challenge. My writing buddy Jim & I came up with the idea of trying our hand at a one-sentence essay or story. I thought the breathless form lent itself to this brief  metabolic history. (Later I separated the last bit into a separate sentence/paragraph just for emphasis.)

The result is “Quickly,” published this month by Labletter. Read it here – it won’t take long!

I’d never had the urge to delve into my angst-ridden teens for material. I can revisit stupid mistakes & bad decisions, but what’s the point? What felt traumatic at the time has faded to insignificance.

Then came a prompt. The subject was compression in flash nonfiction, capturing a story or a time by focusing on a specific moment or detail. Write about someone who influenced you, it said, whether well or badly: parent, teacher, bad girls on the stoop…. That’s the part that grabbed me. I wrote “the twins” in the margin of the book.

Double Jeopardy” is the result, just published in the excellent Watershed Review from CSU Chico. Read it here!

My mother is still on my mind, appearing once again in the true story of my hair. Spoiler alert: I’m not a natural redhead. This piece was written a couple of years before “Lena,” so it was a surprise to me to realize as I readied it for publication that it contains some of the same images of her.

Here’s “Ruby Fusion” in the latest issue of (em): a Review of Text and Image. It’s a pdf of the whole issue–I’m on page 10.


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