Longer Answers

in the library
© Yiftach Paltrowitz, 2010

In Brief:

KJ Hannah Greenberg has been too busy parenting her young adult sons and daughters to contemplate her navel. Add to the mix a new grandbaby, and it seems unlikely she'll ever proceed in a straightforward manner. If she had five extra minutes, she would bake quinoa pie and feed it to her imaginary hedgehogs. Meantime, she steals sleep and laughs. On rare, alternate Tuesdays, Hannah and her furz-pigs fly the galaxy in search of adventures.

A Little Longer:

Whereas Hannah's preferred method of nurturing remains unwearied analysis, it is not beyond her ken to resort to screaming (a little) or to sitting on the sofa and crying (a lot). She used to be content shuttling her kids among activities, listening to their lore about friendships, and remembering toothpaste or underwear for those family members who venture out regularly. These days, though she's just glad when they phone her from distant cities or let her make goofy faces at her grandson.

Two decades ago, while focused on her children, Hannah eked out: a novel, a ream of poetry, and a couple of cute, creative nonfiction pieces that referenced the "growth opportunities" concomitant to parenting. However, Hannah stored those treasures, rather than offering them up for publication, since she was busy mopping carpets, diapering doll bottoms, and chopping beans. To distract herself from the less pleasant moments of motherhood, she taught calculus to high school students and conducted university classes in Argumentation and Debate, Interpersonal Communication, and Feminist Sociology.

When Hannah and her family relocated to "the other side of the world," her life changed. Specifically, once, when Hannah was entertaining some female friends, by dint of sharing a tall tale about falafel balls, preteen fashion sense, and "special American pricing," she was told: to keep her hot sauce to herself, to realign her skirt, and to consider returning to writing.

A multi-year stint blogging about intercultural communication, for The Jerusalem Post, followed as did a few months of teaching chemistry and of discovering that the local, dumpster cats were really "squirrels." Hannah edited a paper on the effects of electrical stimulus on the hippocampus, and diffidently wrote and published a handful of stories in places such as Mishpacha's Calligraphy and MidCentury Modern Moms. She also bought a pair of very large earrings. Additionally, Hannah judged creative nonfiction for Notes & Grace Notes, became a "Poet of the Week" at Poetry Super Highway and developed Expressively Yours Writing Workshops of Jerusalem.

By the summer of 2008, at last sufficiently frustrated with her inability to locally lecture on discourse, Hannah rededicated her verbal zest to other outlets. She dusted off her keyboard and began to churn out more smoothies, vegetable soup, and creative writing than might be considered proper for a middle-aged mom.

By 2009, Hannah began blogging for Type-A Parent, wrote a column for The Mother Magazine, and served as an Associate Editor at both Sotto Voce and Bewildering Stories. She received her first Pushcart Prize nomination that year.

2010 found Hannah writing monthly critiques for Tangent, the speculative fiction review ,and blogging for Kindred. Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful Parenting, a collection of humorous essays, was published by French Creek Press.

In 2011, Hannah became an Associate Editor at Bound Off, began writing about Judaism for The Jerusalem Post, brought her creative writing workshops to the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, and joined the lineup at Natural Jewish Parenting.  She received her second Pushcart Prize nomination and celebrated the publication of A Bank Robber's Bad Luck with His Ex-Girlfriend, a poetry collection, by Unbound CONTENT.

2012 was the year that four of her books were published; Don't Pet the Sweaty Things, a short fiction collection, was offered by Bards & Sages Publishing; Fluid & Crystallized, a poetry chapbook, was issued by Fowlpox Press; Supernal Factors, a poetry chapbook, went public thanks to The Camel Saloon Books on Blog; and Intelligence's Vast Bonfires, a poetry collection, by Lazarus Media, too, got sold. As well, in 2012, Hannah was nominated for Best of the Net.

In 2013, Hannah's Citrus-Inspired Ceramics, a poetry collection, was published by Aldrich Press. Plus, The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles, a short story collection, was released by Bards & Sages Publishing. Hannah was nominated for the Million Writers Award, and was nominated, for a third time, for the Pushcart Prize. Furthermore, Hannah brought workshops to the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem, began to offer annual writing retreats, taught an advanced course in book writing and publishing, and began to teach long distance courses.

In 2014, three of Hannah's books were published; the poetry collection, The Little Temple of My Sleeping Bag, by Dancing Girl Press, the poetry chapbook, Dancing with Hedgehogs, by Fowlpox Press, and the second edition of the short story collection Don't Pet the Sweaty Things, DPST, by Bards & Sages Publishing. DPST was the first in a new four volume set of Hannah's writing ffered by Bards & Sages Publishing. What's more, Hannah lead another writing retreat in Tzfat, and began, again, to offer courses from her home.

In 2015, Hannah left behind blogging to focus on book writing. Among her publications were: Cryptids, by Bards & Sages Publishing, the second edition of The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles, also by Bards & Sages Publishing, Jerusalem Sunrise, by Imago Press, and Word Citizen: Uncommon Thoughts on Writing, Motherhood & Life in Jerusalem, by Tailwinds Press. As well, Hannah offered small group Internet courses on the Elements of Literature, including: Character Development, Plot Development, Dialogue, Descriptive Writing, and Tone. What's more, for a fourth time, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and had a brief fictions named Best Story of the Year by Calliope, MENSA's literary magazine.