Author: Ilan

In Praise of J Journal

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I was thrilled to receive an email a few weeks ago from Adam Berlin and Jeffrey Heiman, editors of J Journal, where my poem “Gibbous Reflection” was published in 2018. The email announced that J Journal—all 15 years of it—were now online. Though I’d been having a tough morning on my novel—really, feeling like a failure for being so far from finished—the reminder that I’d penned and published this poem brightened my day. Suddenly I was dreaming of a future in which my novel was done, and my poems, too, were brought together in a collection of some sort—perhaps organized by theme, perhaps in just a “Greatest Hits” kind of way. So I want to thank Adam, Jeffrey, and the entire J Journal team for publishing my work, and to thank them again for putting a smile on my face when the artist in me needed it most.

Another Wonderful Appearance on Michelle Hoover’s “The 7am Novelist” Podcast

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Thanks again to Michelle Hoover for hosting me on “The 7am Novelist” podcast! Michelle, David Abrams, and I discussed how to handle self-doubt and prevent yourself from giving up on a long-term writing project. David is the author Brave Deeds and Fobbit, novels set in Baghdad during the Iraq War.

I Was a Guest on Michelle Hoover’s “The 7am Novelist” Podcast

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Thank you to Michelle Hoover for inviting me to “The 7am Novelist” podcast. Michelle led a wonderful discussion with me and Marjan Kamali on the complexity of character desires. Listen closely and you might hear a little something about my current novel(s) in progress!

New poem featured in North Dakota Quarterly

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My poem “The Windows Are Too Wide at Starbucks” appears in Issue 88 No.1 of North Dakota Quarterly. Thank you to Bill Caraher and the entire team at NDQ!

Pushcart Prize Nomination

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I was thrilled to learn I received one of the six Pushcart Prize nominations from So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for my poem “O City of Effortful Joys.” Thank you to Meredith Cummings, the entire team at KVML, and all of the wonderful artists who contributed to this special issue, which may be purchased here.

The other So It Goes nominees for the Pushcart are:

Warren Bronson – “Greta Turnvoldt’s Memorial Dog Park”
Nancy Cook – 
“Worker’s Caucus”
Jeff Fleischer – 
“Grandmama Sadie’s Power Play”
Josh Lefkowitz – 
“A Decepticon That Will Save Us”
Ami J. Sanghvi – “American Pulp Fiction”

Congratulations all around!

 

New poem featured in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library

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The ninth issue of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library will launch October 3, 2020 during Banned Books Week. Each year, the issue focuses on a Vonnegut-related theme, and in 2020, that theme is Civic Engagement. My poem “O City of Effortful Joys” appears in the issue. You can read more about the issue on the KVLM site, and you can order it here. And if that weren’t enough, you can watch a video of me talking about the poem. In addition, I’ll be participating in a launch event on Oct. 3, which you can register for here. Thank you to Meredith Cummings, Julia Whitehead, Beth Ann Broadhurst, and everyone on the KVML team for making it happen. I’d also like to thank Jesse Wellman, Christina Regon, and all the nurses I know, who helped inspire the poem.

“i sugared your sorrows” out in Salamander

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My poem “i sugared your sorrows” is out in Issue #50 of Salamander. Thank you to Jose Angel Araguz, Katie Sticca, and the entire staff!