Greetings and salutations from Washington, D.C., where nothing (and I mean nothing) is normal. I wrote that last January. Still true.
This is a short update—I’ll call it the post-Reunion issues blues. If you’re jonesing for more, send updates to Adam Berinsky for the next issue. Speaking of said Adam, he stopped doing push-ups during alumni events to appear on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to once and for all address the controversy of whether he is a virgin. Hear his side of the story by searching Samantha Bee fake news or find it here.
Jennifer Blaine’s new solo show, The Vicissitudes of Travel, premiered in September in Philadelphia as part of FringeArts Festival. Jennifer plays 10 characters as they travel through a loved one’s brain surgery. She writes, “My brother survived brain surgery nine years ago and ever since I have wanted to pay tribute to this journey.”
Kevin Prufer has two new books out this year. The first is about the art of literary translation: Into English: Poems, Translations, Commentaries (from Graywolf Press). The second is a collection of his poetry called How He Loved Them (from Four Way Books). Kevin is the editor-at-large of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, co-curator of the Unsung Masters Series, and professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston and the low-residency MFA at Lesley University.
After 13 years living and working as a rabbi in Eugene, Ore., Maurice Harris and his family moved to the Philadelphia area, where he’s begun work as associate director of affiliate support, Jewish Reconstructionist Communities. His third book, The (Book) of Joshua (Wipf & Stock), is expected in 2018. The book tells of the impact on the shape of Judaism of a rabbi, Joshua ben Hananiah, who lived about 1,900 years ago.
Andrew Springman moved to the Charlotte, N.C., area and works as a Web applications developer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. His youngest son, Benjamin, was married in Sterling, Mass.
Karl Mergenthaler is active in Wesleyan events, including a summer sendoff for incoming students. He’s looking to connect with alumni passing through Southern Connecticut.
You’re now caught up. Hope to hear from you next issue.
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