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…

For the Trees

In the spirit of the recent holiday (Tu B'Shvat), my personal writing post today honors the trees. I wrote most of these poems nestled in the Blueridge Mountains and surrounded by the trees of Virginia. These poems were not written for any of those trees in particular. No, each poem was written for a different…