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New Book from Elisha Porat

Episode: A Novel is now available from Y & H Publishers, Israel

ISBN: 965-909-03-0-7
For Purchase:Elisha Porat
Ein Hahoresh 38980
Fax 972-4-636-6774

This book is the story of Leopold Arieh Friedman Lahola, whose fascinating exploits in Israel defy belief. Elisha Porat describes Lahola as “the man of a thousand talents,” a brilliant Jewish intellectual who immigrated to Israel in 1949 only to flee late in 1956.  This flight was typical of his life.

He would appear somewhere, bewitch everyone he met, raise high hopes with his dazzling abilities and supreme capacity to inspire,then simply vanish without explanation, leaving his former coterie deeply embittered.

Arieh Lahola - Leopold Friedman - whose life forms the basis for the novel#39;s protagonist, engaged in a broad range of artistic endeavors.  In Israel, he filmed and produced several movies that left an indelible mark on the national cinema.  On the collectives and in other settlements, he directed countless amateur stage performances.  He staged a large production at the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv.  He wrote film scripts for other directors.  He published articles and stories in the leading literary journals of the day. And he dreamed of founding his own lively, bustling political theater.

Everything in Arieh Lahola's life was hasty, hectic and episodic.  Even as a youth, animated by lofty visions and grand dreams, he set off on his course as a Central European Jewish intellectual.  He loved life as a mirror of art and art as an imitation of life.  In art he saw the realization of all that is good and beautiful and true in life.  Steeped in ideology, he flitted from place to place in search of success.  During brief, intense bursts of effort, he attempted to realize his artistic ideas on the stage.  But he was far too flighty and would suffer a succession of disappointments.

Just 50 years of life, from 1918 to 1968, were granted to Arieh Lahola in this world: in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia; in Tel Aviv and in the wooden shacks of his young pioneer admirers on the kibbutz settlements of the Emek and Hefer Valleys; in Paris, which served as a way station for this classic wandering Jew; and,finally, in Munich.  These 50 years were crowded with changes of identity and crises of belief.  And Lahola, who devoured life even as he nourished it with his art, failed to make more of his life than a fleeting episode.

Elisha Porat, poet and writer, was born in 1938, to a “pioneer” family, of Jewish Halutzim. He raised in Kibbutz Ein Hahoresh, and was a farmer and soldier. He has published 20 volumes of fiction and poetry in Hebrew, since 1973. His works have appeared in translation in Israel, the United States, Canada and England.

Alan Sacks, who received his undergraduate, graduate and law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, has been translating Mr. Porat#39;s stories since 1988.  He lives with his wife and two children outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

826 Michigan Requests MS Pages

“We are asking for manuscript pages (one to two pages per) with editing marks from writers that we can paste to our walls at our 826 Michigan building. As you may know, 826 Michigan is a reading and writing program, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind we provide drop-in tutoring, field trips, after-school workshops, in-schools tutoring, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our free programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice. I am the founder of 826 Michigan, and have had the great good fortune of now putting together a wonderful Board and Staff and host of volunteers and our doors have opened to students this June. 826 Michigan is a chapter of Dave Eggers 826 Valencia and Dave is very excited to have a program in Michigan. The purpose of asking writers to send us one or two pages of manuscript with editing mark-ups is to show the kids that writing is a process of re-writing and all the writers do this. Our plan is to cover walls with these manuscript pages and we will include a small name cards beneath each submitted page/pages with the author's name and his work plus previously published works/bio info. It would sure be appreciated if you could get word of our request out and have authors.”

Send your manuscript pages care of:

826 Michigan
c/o Steven Gillis
2702 Lillian
Ann Arbor, Mi 48104

Eberlein Takes Top Ten at Million Writers, Howell Notable

Xujun Eberlein's “Second Encounter” has been rated one of the top ten online stories of 2004 by the editors of storySouth Million Writers Award. Brian Howell's “Black on White” was shortlisted. Congratulations to these writers for having their work selected for distinction from more than 1,200 entries.

Steven Gillis' New Novel

Steven Gillis, a contributor to TPR, will have his second novel, The Weight of Nothing, published by Brook Street Press on January 28, 2005. The novel is narrated by Bailey Finne, a gifted pianist who has nonetheless forsaken his talent to become a perpetual graduate student in Art History. Niles Kelly, his somnambulistic friend with Albert Camus for a muse, is the heir to a fortune he has rejected and carries the burden of the unresolved deaths of both his father and lover at the hands of a mysterious bomber. Together Bailey and Niles journey to Algiers to confront that which has haunted each of them for years.

TPR Announces 2005 Million Writers Nominees

The Paumanok Review is proud to announce the following nominees for the 2005 storySouth Million Writers Award for Fiction:

Enigmas” by Fernando Arrojo-Ramos
I Ching” by Alyce Lomax
Second Encounter” by Xujun Eberlein

TPR Announces 2005 Pushcart Nominees

The Paumanok Review is proud to announce the following nominees for the 2005 edition of the Pushcart Prize Anthology, edited by Bill Henderson:

“Enigmas” by Fernando Arrojo-Ramos
“Dead Relatives” by Ja’net Daniello
“Janet” by V.G. Krikoryan
“The Umbiacal Cord” by Shane O’Neill
“Guardian Angel” by Elisha Porat
“Session in Progress” by Mario Susko

Nick Antosca Wins Willets, Painted Bride Prizes

Nick Antosca, our contributor in the winter and summer 2002 editions, has won the 2004 Willets Prize for Fiction, judged by the Prizes Committeee of the Yale English Department, for his short story “Games in the Rain”; and the 2004 Painted Bride Quarterly Fiction Contest, judged by Victor LaValle (The Ecstatic, Slapboxing with Jesus), for his story story “Movies and Kids.”

Call for Submissions: Favorite Bookstores

The Paumanok Review is seeking 500-1000 word essays on favorite bookstores to be included in a future feature article. Please forward your submissions to the editor.

Mario Susko Shortlisted for Forward Prize

Mario Susko, our contributor in the summer 2004 edition, has had his poem “Conversion,” published in the British magazine Dream Catcher (2004, No. 13) under the title “Conversation,” short-listed by the judging panel for the Forward Prize for Poetry 2004 in the category of the best single poem.

James R. Whitley Wins Ironwood

Great news! Author of The Golden Web (Wind River Press, 2003) James R. Whitley has won the 2003 Ironweed Press Poetry Prize for his latest poetry collection This is the Red Door! His collection was chosen as the winner out of over 200 manuscripts received this year for the coveted prize. The new book will be published by Ironweed Press in early 2004.

Rochelle Mass Wins Poetry Competition

Rochelle Mass's poem "The Mind of Winter" won first prize in The Annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition, judged by Dr. Elaine Feinstein of Britain. Her poem "The Grip of Summer" won an honorable mention. Congratulations to Rochelle!

Wind River Press opens submissions for chapbook series

Wind River Press, publisher of The Paumanok Review, is seeking submissions for its electronic and print chapbook series. Submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry manuscripts under ten-thousand words should be addressed to and accompanied by a cover letter and biography. No advance; negotiable royalty. Questions? Open deadline. No previously published material will be considered.