My essay "Growing Up White in a Black Family" is live at Interrupt Mag and can be read here.  Interrupt Mag is the brainchild of Cameron Russell who gave this fantastic TED talk. You can read more about her incredibly inspiring work and message in this New York Times profile here.


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Izzy
 
 
                                                        One of the nicest feelings there is: seeing your name in print. 

The First Line’s Fall Issue has arrived in bookstores and online. Here‘s a list of participating bookstores, or you can purchase a copy through Amazon’s Kindle store or a PDF through the site

I’m really proud of this essay, because, although it’s hard to pick just one favorite writer or, to be honest, five of them, E.M. Forster is in all of my top-ten lists, that’s for sure. Anyway there’s lots of ways to read (as in interpret or get your hands on) my essay which begins with the premise that E.M. Forster’s first line “One may as well begin with Helen’s letter to her sister…” is the most marvelous way to begin a book that there is. 

Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts if you have a chance to read it! And if you need an even better reason to support the arts than ravening curiosity about my opinions: it’s only $4 for a print copy and $2 for the PDF. 

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Izzy

 
 
You can read my poem "Israfel Updated" at Every Day Poets here.  I wrote it in response to one of those word-game inspirations, using all five words in the poem. Can you guess which ones? 

As always, please let me know what you think.
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Izzy
 
 
Another tongue-in-cheek piece I wrote for The Urban Realist is live on their site. It's part homage to my Cousin Bonnie whose guidance helped me through a rough patch in my life, and it's part inspiration to other young women, many of whom I feel like settle for second-place in life. It's your life, ladies! You should be the star of it! 

I don't really believe in dating rules, but I do believe in boundaries and self-love, and I have the many great women in my life to thank for that wisdom. I hope my wonderful, kind, funny Cousin Bonnie's words can help others as much as they did me. 

Please check it out here ! And let me know what you think: are these "rules" helpful, inspiring, true to life? Any advice to share of your own?

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My funny, little poem "Potty Training Awareness Month" is live at Every Day Poets. Please check it out here.  
And please follow me on instagram for more updates. 

Let me know what you think of it in the comments below or on the page. Was it funny? Disturbing?

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Since deciding to become a mother a little more than a year ago, I've been focusing on writing full-time. In order to give my storytelling brain a break, I began to write non-fiction as well. 

So I started a blog: www.brooklynbooksandbabies.com,and I've begun writing for other blogs. 

Here's my first piece for The Urban Realist, a fun and funny site and a tongue-in-cheek piece about how to lose that beer belly...er baby weight. 

Please check it out here.

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Izzy
 
 
I recently wrote about my exploration into the micro fiction world here. Working with Every Day Poets (and their sister site Every Day Fiction) has been a revolutionary experience for me. Their focus on publishing very short poems has helped me focus on the essence of what I'm trying to say. 

I recently worked with them, revising my poem "Potty-Training Awareness Month." With their guidance and feedback, I was able to shave 150 words from the poem, and the finished product is all the stronger for it. They're publishing it here on August 29. 

I also just received word Adbusters will be publishing my poem "The Egyptian Cabdriver" in their issue #110. More on that soon!

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Izzy
 
 
The First Line has published my story "The Great White Way Is Where The Heart Is" in their winter volume. It's available for download on their site: http://thefirstline.com/index.htm or via the Kindle Store on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006XGLLSU or at bookstores around the U.S.: http://thefirstline.com/bookstores.htm

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Izzy
 
 
I'm excited to announce that The First Line is publishing my story "The Great White Way is Where the Heart Is." It's the second part of the tale of Tom and his twin sister and will be available this winter. Part one, or "The Homecoming," was published this summer, and the pdf version can still be purchased here: http://bluecubiclepress.com/TFLsummer2012.htm

I'll publish a link to the list of bookstores or to a pdf as soon as it's available for the second, more bittersweet part of the story. For a long essay about my experience writing this "novelette", please visit this link

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Izzy 
 
 
This past year I've been very fortunate to work quite a lot with Every Day Fiction and their sister site Every Day Poets. The feedback and insight I've received from the site's readers and editors has proved invaluable and has helped me grow in ways for which I'm incredibly grateful. Grown from someone who was half a writer, half an actor into someone who understands herself a little better and is putting all her energy into writing and nearly, finally and good God hopefully finishing up her first novel. 

At first the unfiltered feedback frightened me, but over time (and this was very unlike my experience with acting), I began to welcome the comments. All of them. I really want to know what works and what doesn't, what resonates with people and what leaves people cold. That never happened with acting. With acting I just wanted to be patted on the head and called a good girl.  

Writing is different. Writing makes me better and braver. I'm delighted how the process has pushed me to write about matters outside my comfort zone-- take my latest protagonist for example. He's a 38-year-old alcoholic stuck in the (not-so-distant) past, a Little Italy and a New York City that no longer exist, and his bitterness is consuming him alive. And there's also a dog in the story. A dog who was so real to me I couldn't kill him off... I did in the first draft, but, well... you'll see I hope. And let me know what you think please. Whether you hate it or love it, I'd love to hear why. Thanks for stopping by my site!
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Izzy