Congratulations to Sana Krasikov, winner of the 2009 Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature for her debut story collection (let's hear it for short story collections!), One More Year. (Over on my other blog, you'll find additional information about Krasikov and her work.)
One of the most significant pieces of writing I've completed so far in 2009, in my view, is a letter I wrote to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. When I wrote it, I thought back to Mary Pipher's book, Writing to Change the World, which I had the pleasure of reviewing awhile back for The Writer. And I thought again about the importance of writing for change when I read Christina Katz's recent post on "Writing to Persuade."
Over on Tom Kealey's MFA blog, you'll find two posts presenting new MFA-related resources: MFA Connect and Grad Insider.