Oct. 3. Panelist, moderator, "Too Many Dead Grandmothers," an editors' panel with with Stephanie G’Schwind, Laura Julier, Garnett Kilberg Cohen, and Marc Nieson; NonfictioNow, Phoenix.
March 9. Panelist, moderator, "Crazy, Sexy Miami: Reporters Tell All," with Pulitizer-Prizewinners Madeleine Blais, Liz Balmaseda, and Sydney P. Freedberg; AWP conference, Tampa.
Aug. 18. I taught a class from 10am to 11:30 called "Hey, I thought this was supposed to be fun!" at Northwestern's annual summer writing conference, Chicago
June 16. Interlocutor, with Sharon Solwitz about her new novel, Once, in Lourdes, at Women & Children First, Chicago
May 14. About 33 writers, visual artists, actors, filmmakers and more came to the class, "33 weeks: your plan for the rest of 2016" at the Lake FX Summit+Expo
God told me to run for president. God wants you to read about it here or here and to leave a comment or post it on Facebook.
Essay Daily published my exhortation to write politically. It's my first essay with line breaks.
Dec. 11. I read with other contributors to Mutabilis Press' Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston, Jung Center in Houston
Nov. 22. I have been teaching for many years, but led my first workshop for genealogists at the fall meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. My topic was "Making the dead dance: how to breathe life into your ancestors,” Temple Beth-El in Northbrook. I had a lovely handout called "Who Else was on the Boat?"
I have a piece in the November 2015 anthology Brief Encounters (W.W. Norton), edited by Dinah Lenney and the late Judith Kitchen, a wonderful writer and a generous soul. The piece was first published in Brevity .
In late October 2015 I was on two panels at Nonfictionow in Flagstaff, Arizona: "You lived through it; do we have to read about it?" with Tom Larson, Elizabeth Kadetsky and Janice Gray; and "What does Theory Have to do With It?" with Sarah Heston and Julija Šukys. You can read about other panels and the keynotes at Assay: a Journal of Nonfiction Studies.
I'm working on a creative nonfiction book about the South. To read my story about a destination bar mitzvah in Selma, click here. To read my piece about a 1965 survey of Selma Jews on integration, click here. To read my take on black-Jewish relations and the 49th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, go here. And here's my piece from the Houston Chronicle online about books to read after you've seen the movie Selma.