Happy New Year! It is my pleasure to announce I'll be joining the Board of AJLI, an organization that awards scholarships to Jewish students and supports diversity and multiculturalism in the Jewish communities. I am a former AJLI recipient so it's a wonderful honor to pay it forward.
I have 3 new poems in The Volta on the first day of 2016!
My last 2015 essays for The Kenyon Review:
- The last installment of my 4-part series on "Notes on Love and Violence: Coda" examines gun culture and why dehumanizing children is the worst crime one can commit.
- I wrote "On Failure and Redemption: Bernard Malamud’s Pictures of Fidelman" with Malamud's following words in mind: "art tends toward morality. It values life. Even when it doesn’t, it tends to." Given our present time, one could not hope more for this to be true.
- In "I Am George Washington Gómez: On Works of Significant Worth and Importance," I reflected on Americo Paredes's novel and why I'm so glad I read it before attending college.