OpEd: Why read Jewish poetry?

Announcing my latest article, published in the Feb. 26 issue of Louisville’s Community newspaper, on the necessity and pleasure of reading American Jewish poetry. I want to thank Lee Chottiner, editor, for publishing the piece. I also want to thank Rabbi Jacowitz Chottiner of Temple Shalom and Lee Chottiner, who invited me to give aContinue reading “OpEd: Why read Jewish poetry?”

New Poems: North Meridian R.

Hi. I wanted to share some good news. I have three poems featured in The North Meridian Review: A Journal of Culture and Scholarship, Volume 1, Winter 2020 Special Issue. These are three “letter poems” from my chapbook manuscript-in-progress: Letters from Spickert Knob. My featured poems are at the end. You can read the issueContinue reading “New Poems: North Meridian R.”

Generative Exercise: “Sasha’s Flight”

LOL – this is not a poem I’m ever going to send out, I don’t think – so I’m sharing it with you. I promised to do a generative exercise along with my poetry students based on an assignment called “Twenty Little Poetry Projects” by Jim Simmerman in The Practice of Poetry. The exercise hasContinue reading “Generative Exercise: “Sasha’s Flight””

Prison Education Can Bar The Door – Back In

In 2002, I was a frequent guest writer and columnist for a Louisville, KY magazine called The Snitch. With the rise of concern about prison education reform, I’m reprinting this article, which is still relevant. It first appeared in The Snitch of Louisville, August 15, 2002, under the title, “Teaching Inmates the Hard Way.”

Read My Old Honda Fit Column on Autochannel.com

I still own a 2007 Honda Fit Sport, a fun, lovely little car that’s versatile, has good milage for a gas-burner, and a rabid fanbase. Believe it or not, it was my first new car purchase, and I was so crazy about it I wanted to write about my experience. Back when I worked asContinue reading “Read My Old Honda Fit Column on Autochannel.com”