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    October 15, 2018 - I'm reading in the Memoir Monday reading series at Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn, 7-9pm.

    September 4, 2018 - I'm reading tonight from my recent essay Art in a State of Emergency at the Jewish Currents Issue Release Party at Union Pool.

    July 31, 2018 - A new essay Art in a State of Emergency is up at Jewish Currents, exploring the artist's responsibility in times of political crisis.

    July 29, 2018 - This week, I'm participating in Asylum Arts Visions retreat in Detroit, focusing on art and social change.

    April 16, 2018 - I've gotten a new job as Senior Literary Editor of Jewish Currents! We've soft-launched our new web redesign today. Check it out, and submit here!

    February 28, 2018 - I'll be reading from my novel tomorrow at 7pm, at KGB Bar in the East Village. Come say hi!

    January 30, 2018 - I wrote a weird one-act play that's in the very first issue of Protocols called An Argument After Watching Gentleman's Agreement.

    December 6, 2017 - I designed this graphic for IfNotNow, to protest the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

    October 23, 2017 - I have an essay up today in Guernica about the lessons about practice and perseverance I've found buried in my unpublished first novel, set in a Hasidic yeshiva.

    August 31, 2017 - After seven years, Ketuv is closing up shop. Read our goodbye statement here.

    June 21, 2017 - I'll be a resident this week at Mall of Found/Abode Farm in New Lebanon, New York!

    April 13, 2017 - Spending the next few days in the Bay for the Third Generation Retreat for artists, scholars, and community leaders who are grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

    March 26, 2017 - I debuted this poster series of Jewish movement ancestors for IfNotNow's #ResistAIPAC protest.

    March 20, 2017 - I participated in a discussion with a number of other artists, including my dear friends Will Heinrich and Damien Davis for NYC Creative Salon. It was supposed to be about "Structure," but ended up being more about artmaking in the Trump era. You can listen to it here.

    March 11, 2017 - Today we launched a new zine, Hitting a Wall: Jewish Narratives Confronting the Occupation, edited by me and Ben Nadler, and featuring an essay by me called When I Say "We". This zine was created for movement work with IfNotNow. For a copy, please email IfNotNow Arts.

    January 17, 2017 - Just in time for the inauguration, a new zine up now, Tarot Reading for the Future of America, based on a real tarot spread a few friends and I drew over Thanksgiving, amid post-election anxiety.

    October 25, 2016 - I'm now selling artwork (and beach towels and wall clocks and all kinds of other crazy stuff) on Society6! Check it out!

    October 2, 2016 - In honor of Rosh Hashanah, I've designed these posters, currently being wheatpasted around the country by members of IfNotNow! Shana Tova!

    June 9, 2016 - I've got a piece up in Off Assignment's "Letter to a Stranger" series, which you can find here. Or if you don't feel like reading, you can listen to me read it to you!

    April 19, 2016 - In preparation for Passover, I've teamed up with some folks at IfNotNow to create a Haggadah companion zine. This zine can be printed on one 8.5 x 11" page and assembled at home. For a downloadable print layout and assembly instructions, click here, and scroll down to the NYC #LiberationSeder Zine.

    March 14, 2016 - Very excited to announce the release of Planning A Jewish Wedding Ceremony: A Guide to Traditions and Alternatives, a radically inclusive guide to Jewish ceremony traditions, co-authored by me, on behalf of my ketubah company, Ketuv, and Sarah Resnick of Advah Designs. To snag a free digital copy, click here, or email me.

    March 8, 2016 - I've been offered a place in this year's Tent: Creative Writing Workshop at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA.

    December 15, 2015 - My "New York Times Weddings Fantasy is in the Topless Press anthology Ferrante Fantasies. You can also see it as a standalone zine here.

    July 19, 2015 - Just completed two new comics! One is called "We Lived Here," about the process of moving out, and you can read the whole thing here. The other is called "Truths on Molly," about a series of epiphanies, large and small, and you can find it here. For a paper copy, contact me!

    Jan 14, 2014 - Tom Tom Magazine Issue 16 is on the shelves! I've got two features in this issue: one about Aiko Masubuchi of Brooklyn band Bodega Bay, and one about London drummer Claire Brock and her new book, How To Teach Drums.

    Dec 25, 2013 - I have been offered residency for March 2014 at the Brush Creek Arts Foundation at the Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, WY!

    July 18, 2013 - Tom Tom Magazine Issue 15 is on the shelves, with my feature about Atlanta-based tabla player Lalita Balakrishnan. Check it out!

    July 3, 2013 - Thanks to everyone who came out for Jentel Presents in Sheridan, Wyoming! I read an excerpt from my novel-in-progress, and fellow residents presented their recent work.

    June 18, 2013 - Check out my new feature about Hasidic alt-rock girl band Bulletproof Stockings in Tom Tom Magazine Issue 14.

    May 8, 2013 - I have been offered residency for June/July at Jentel in Banner, Wyoming!

    May 11, 2012 - I have been offered residency for September at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE!

    January 12, 2012 - Check out my new essay in Beached Miami, Found and Lost: The Story of Flyboy.

    November 18, 2011 - Check out my interview with best-selling author Nicole Krauss on Beached Miami. Krauss will be speaking tonight at the Miami Book Fair.

    September 23, 2011 - I got an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's July 2011 Very Short Fiction contest.

    August 10, 2011 - Today, I officially became a small business owner! Check out Ketuv, a new site dedicated to bringing couples a new option in fine art ketubahs, while providing new streams of revenue for working artists. Enjoy!

    June 24, 2011 - Tomorrow, I will be reading a short excerpt from the brand new beginning of my novel-in-progess, written while in residence here at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artists Guild. Come by if you're in Woodstock. The reading starts at 2:00 pm, June 25th, at the Byrdcliffe Theatre. Open Studios with my fellow visual art residents to follow.

    June 14, 2011 - I will be taking a break from the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artists Guild this weekend to attend the Hub-Bub AIR Anniversary Show in Spartanburg, SC, where five years of Hub-Bub residents are coming together for an art exhibition and reading. I'll be reading at the Bub this Saturday night, June 18th at 6pm, with my fellow resident Rachel Harkai, and past residents Emily Smith and Patrick Whitfill. Reception to follow, 7-9pm.

    May 6, 2011 - Summer Plans! This summer I am honored to have received residencies in fiction writing at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist's Guild, where I will be for the month of June, and at Art Farm Nebraska, where I will be for the month of August.

    February 15, 2011 - New post on Beached Miami, "Longing for the Warmth of Winter". Click if you want to hear a native Miamian kvetch about Northern winters.

    December 31, 2010 - Check out my new post on Beached Miami, about what Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids has to teach us about New Year's Day.

    October 2, 2010 - I will be reading alongside Elissa Bassist and Will Heinrich through the Candlestick Reading Series on October 22, 7:30 pm, at Lumenhouse, 47 Beaver Street, Brooklyn. The Candlestick Readings and Book Club, curated by Sam White, is "a series of literary get-togethers where Jewish writers read their work and talk about writing." Hope to see you there!

    August 31, 2010 - I contributed a post about bagels to my dear friends Jordan Melnick and Robby Campbell's new blog Beached Miami. The blog is about trying to find the heart and soul of Miami, the problematic city we grew up in.

    May 7, 2010 - I participated in Single Fare, a show of artworks on used MetroCards. It actually riffed perfectly off a project I did in 2005, sharing my happy thoughts on the backs of MetroCards. So I sent them a card of one of my happy thoughts: The letter "Z" in line with a Triple Word Score on a Scrabble board. Check out pictures from the show at the site, linked above. It's up until May 12th at 224 Grand Street in Williamsburg.

    April 13, 2010 - I am attending Columbia University in the fall, to receive my MFA in fiction writing!

    March 24, 2010 - Check out my illustrations of the 14 steps of the seder (as well as a brief explanation) here. If you would like a PDF copy of my Haggadah, which tells the story of Passover in an inclusive way, focusing on themes of activism, resistance, and vanquishing oppression, just contact me and ask!

    March 1, 2010 - Look for a new piece called "If We Are the Mouse" in the Spring 2010 Issue of Flashquake, an online literary magazine dedicated to flash fiction. Drop me a note and tell me what you thought of it!

    February 11, 2010 - The Endangered World Project will be up at Convoy Point, Biscayne National Park from February 18th - May 1st. There will be a special meet and greet reception February 28th, 2010 from 6 pm - 8 pm. There will be an indoor exhibit in the Dante Fascell Visitor's Center, with works on paper by Xavier Cortada, and an outdoor exhibit with 360 flags of endangered species from around the world, created by participants from all over South Florida. For more information on the exhibit, click here.

    Nov 20, 2009 - I donated three reverse glass paintings to the Claire Kantor Foundation, which gives academic scholarships to promising art students. The auction is December 6th, 2009. To see the online catalogue, click here. If you would like to attend the auction, please contact Jill Kantor.

    Nov 10, 2009 - I am the Project Manager for Miami artist Xavier Cortada's new participatory art project. If you're in the area, we would love for you to participate! Click here for more information.