Stories, Essays, and Interviews Online
"Displaced Persons" in The Literarian. "My neighbor's son wants to move to Germany....College is free in Germany, he tells his parents. Berlin is exciting. Israel feels provincial, isolated. The Jewish piece has nothing to do with it. His grandparents' history is just that: history."
"Sisters of Mercy" in Bellevue Literary Review, Editor's Pick. "The surgeon came into the O.R. chewing gum. This was how we knew there’d be a problem. It wasn't the gum but what it was meant to disguise. We're not talking bad breath."
"Beautiful Souls" in Colorado Review, Winner of the Nelligan Prize. "They were two American girls, Abby and Jennifer, best friends, sixteen and not entirely naive, wandering the Arab shuk in Jerusalem's Old City."
"Roots" in Moment Magazine, Winner of the Karma-Moment Fiction Contest. "Hirschman, unwilling to bend, was refusing to participate. A lifelong agnostic, and proud of it, he’d managed for 82 years to not observe a single of his people’s canonical festivals except in its breach, and he had no intention of starting now."
“The Book of Splendor" in Ascent. A Distinguished Story in the 2018 Best American Short Stories Anthology. "The education of the exceptionally promising begins early and ends almost never, and this Nathan Berditchev understood long before the age of twelve when, one muggy night in the cramped Berditchev living room over glasses of tea and slices of stiff sponge cake, the rabbis of the Yeshiva of Eastern Queens informed his parents that he, Nathan, had certain gifts."
Just Tell It: On the Pitfalls of Show, Don't Tell. A dispatch from Hugo House.
The Case For A Strong Narrator. A dispatch from Hugo House.
Where am I? Giving Your Work A Sense of Place. A dispatch from Hugo House.
When your best hours are midnight to 5 AM. A post on Alive on the Shelves.
"Eager To Hear Voices Ringing Off The Page." An interview at Fiction Writer’s Review.
How far will people go in the name of a cause? An interview with writer and critic Carolyn Leavitt.
“I’m one of those writers who gropes her way into a story." An interview with Biblioklept.