Category Archives: Poets

Poet’s Notebook | Courtney Druz, The Hannah Senesh Set

The Whole Megillah (TWM): How did you come to write this book? What was the inspiration? Why Hannah Senesh? Courtney Druz (CD): I didn’t know at first that I was going to write about Hannah Senesh. Since finishing my previous … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Hadara Bar-Nadav

I first became familiar with Hadara Bar-Nadav’s name when she co-authored a poetry textbook that I used in my advanced creative writing classes. I then had the privilege of meeting her (and taking her workshop) at the William Paterson University … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Janet Ruth Heller, Exodus

About Janet Ruth Heller Janet Ruth Heller is president of the Michigan College English Association.  She has a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago.  She has published three poetry books:  Exodus (WordTech Communications, 2014), Folk … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Blue Lyra Review Poetry Editor M. E. Silverman

About M.E. Silverman M. E. Silverman is editor and founder of Blue Lyra Review and Review Editor of Museum of Americana. He is on the board of 32 Poems. His chapbook, The Breath before Birds Fly (ELJ Press, 2013), is available. His poems have appeared in more than … Continue reading

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Author’s Notebook | Joy Ladin

I first heard poet and memoirist Joy Ladin speak at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs in 2012 in Chicago. I heard her again at the same conference in 2013 in Boston. If you don’t know of Joy and … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Jewish Poets You Should Know | AWP 2013 Report

I had the privilege of attending the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) in Boston last weekend. After a lovely breakfast with Northampton Poet Laureate and award-winning children’s book author, Rich Michelson, I was excited to attend my first … Continue reading

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Poet’s Notebook | Matthew Lippman

I’ve known Matthew Lippman since about 2008 when I took some poetry classes at Gotham Writing Workshops. I was immediately impressed with his dedication to the craft and to teaching. I thought The Whole Megillah readers should get to know … Continue reading

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