About The Authors - Issue 35

Susan Alexander
 is a writer of fiction, poetry, commentary, and satire, and her work has been published in a variety of journals. In 2014, she co-founded the Canadian online literary journal, Agnes and True, which is dedicated to publishing the work of women and emerging older writers. Susan Alexander was born in Toronto and has lived and worked there all her life.

Allan Borshy was born in Montreal and graduated with a B.A from Concordia University, where he studied creative writing. He has written several short stories and a novella. hE spent some time in Israel, returned to Montreal, and worked as a secondary school teacher for a few years. A few years later, He handcrafted jewellery in a workshop on Fairmount Street. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec where he worked for several years for the Federal Government as a teacher of English as a second language.

Danila Botha is the author of three short story collections, Got No Secrets, which was published in 2010 by Tightrope books, For All the Men (and Some of the Women I've Known) which was published in 2016 and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, The Vine Awards and The ReLit Award, and the upcoming collection, her new collection, Things That Cause Inappropriate Happiness, which will be published by Guernica Editions in 2024. Stories from it have appeared in the Humber Literary Review, Changing the Face of Canadian Literature, and here. She is also the author of the novel Too Much on the Inside, which won a Book Excellence Award and was short listed for a ReLit Award. She is currently finishing her new novel, A Place for People Like Us. Danila teaches Creative Writing at University of Toronto and is part of the faculty at the Humber School for Writers.

Maria Buras was born in Moscow (USSR); since 2013, she has been living in Tel Aviv. Maria has an M.S. in structural linguistics from the Moscow University and has authored two books and numerous articles on linguistics. She is also a journalist and the author of three books of fairy tales for children (co-authored with her husband, Maxim Krongauz).  Maria was awarded literary awards in Russia for both fiction (in 2020) and non-fiction (in 2022).

Gilit Chomsky is an Israeli author and poet. She has published four novels and four poetry collections, and regularly publishes poems and stories in Israeli literary journals. Her novel Fireflies was a bestseller and was nominated for the Sapir Prize. Her novel About Love I Want to Say was adapted into a play. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Reviver of the Wind, Now, and Stand.

Nora Gold is a prize-winning author. Her first book, Marrow and Other Stories, won a Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award and was praised by Alice Munro. Her second book, Fields of Exile, won the inaugural Canadian Jewish Literary Award for best novel, and was acclaimed by Ruth Wisse and Irwin Cotler. The Dead Man was honoured with a Canada Council for the Arts translation grant and was published in Hebrew in Israel. Her most recent book, 18: Jewish Stories Translated from 18 Languages, an anthology of translated works, was praised by Publishers Weekly, Cynthia Ozick, and Dara Horn. Gold received her PhD from University of Toronto, was a tenured professor for ten years, and left her academic position to write fiction fulltime. Subsequently she was associated with the Centre for Women’s Studies at OISE/University of Toronto, where she was, for six years, its Writer-in-Residence, as well as a Visiting Scholar. In addition, Gold is an activist who co-founded three progressive Zionist organizations in Canada, all devoted to strengthening democracy, civil rights, and social justice in Israel. Last but not least, Gold is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jewish Fiction .net. For more information about Nora, visit noragold.com

Nathaniel Lachenmeyer is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. His first book, The Outsider, which takes as its subject his late father's struggles with schizophrenia and homelessness, was published by Broadway Books. His most recent book, an all-ages graphic novel called The Singing Rock & Other Brand-New Fairy Tales, was published by First Second/Macmillan. Nathaniel lives outside Atlanta with his family.  

Rachel Luria (1882 or 1886-1927) was born in Veiviržėnai, Lithuania, and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. While studying on her own, she worked in a factory and later in a hospital as a nurse. In 1909 she published her first story, “White Lilies,” followed by publications in various Yiddish journals. Luria was a regular contributor to VarhaytDer TogDer Tsayt, and Morgn Zhurnal. The anthology Modne Mentshn (Strange People), in which the Yiddish original of “The Butterfly” appeared, was published in 1918. 

Corie Rosen is a fiction writer and poet. Her work has appeared in New Letters, Arts & LettersJukedCrab Creek Review, as well as many other places. Her writing has been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pushcart Prize, and has also been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for fiction. A Coloradoan by way of Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Berkeley, she currently lives in Denver with her husband and young daughter.

Yente Serdatsky (1877–1962) was a journalist, editor, and short story writer. Born in Eastern Europe, she began her literary career in Warsaw and later relocated to New York City. Her short stories were printed in various periodicals including the Forverts and Fraye arbeter shtime, and Geklibene shriftn, a collected volume of her writings (including three sections of short stories, dramas, and fables), was published in 1913 by the Hebrew Publishing Company.

Joel Streicker’s stories have been published in a number of journals, including Great Lakes Review Burningword, and Hanging Loose. He won Cutthroat Magazine 's fiction contest in 2021 and Blood Orange Review’s fiction contest in 2020. He has published poetry in English and Spanish, including the collection El amor en los tiempos de Belisario. His translations of such Latin American writers as Samanta Schweblin, Mariana Enríquez, and Pilar Quintana have appeared in A Public SpaceMcSweeney’s, and other journals. Streicker’s essays have appeared in The ForwardShofarLe Monde diplomatique, edición chilenaBoletín cultural y bibliográfico, and Letralia, among other publications.

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