Half a bottle of vodka & half a loaf of bread

This is a poem pieced together from notes and lines in a notebook I used while serving as the teaching assistant for the Holocaust course offered at the University of Nebraska. During my time with the class, I was able to schedule some survivors to come speak with our students. I tried my best to…

The Garden

After I finished writing this story, I sat back and realized with some amount of awe that it featured the first Jewish characters I had ever written. I have shared before how many of my early short stories featured male protagonists. I wrote this story, whose main character isn't only Jewish but also female, after…