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KJ Hannah Greenberg has been too busy parenting her emerging adult sons and daughters to contemplate her navel. Add to the mix two grandbabies, 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.
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. Meanwhile, 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. Hannah holds both a B.S. in Technical (Science) Writing and Editing from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from The University of Massachusetts.
When Hannah and her family relocated to "the other side of the world," her life changed. Specifically, when Hannah was entertaining some female friends with 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 return 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, for a Weizmann Institute scientist, 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.
During the summer of 2008, at last sufficiently frustrated with her inability to locally lecture on discourse, Hannah rededicated her verbal zest to distant points. Specifically, she dusted off her keyboard and began to churn out more smoothies, vegetable soup, and creative works than might be considered proper for a middle-aged mom.
By 2009, Hannah began blogging for the USA's Type-A Parent, wrote a column for the UK's 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 Australia's Kindred. That year, too, Oblivious to the Obvious: Wishfully Mindful Parenting, a collection of Hannah's 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 Hannah's books were published; the first edition of Don't Pet the Sweaty Things, a 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 The Best of the Net.
In 2013, Hannah's Citrus-Inspired Ceramics, a poetry collection, was published by Aldrich Press. Plus, the first edition of 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 her writing 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 distance learning 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 fiction collection Don't Pet the Sweaty Things, by Bards & Sages Publishing. What's more, Hannah led another writing retreat in Tzfat, and again offered face-to-face writing courses in her home.
2015 found Hannah leaving behind blogging to focus on book writing. Among her publications that year were: a brief fiction collection, Cryptids, by Bards & Sages Publishing, the second edition of The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles, by Bards & Sages Publishing, Jerusalem Sunrise, an essay collection, by Imago Press, and Word Citizen: Uncommon Thoughts on Writing, Motherhood & Life in Jerusalem, an essay collection, by Tailwinds Press. As well, Hannah offered Elements of Literature Internet courses, including: Character Development, Plot Development, Dialogue, Descriptive Writing, and Tone. For a fourth time, she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. One of Hannah's brief fictions was named Best Story of the Year by Calliope, MENSA's literary magazine, too.
In 2016, Lit Fest Press published A Grand Sociology Lesson, a poetry collection. Additionally, Bards & Sages Publishing offered another of Hannah's story collections, Friends and Rabid Hedgehogs. Hannah continued to offer Internet writing workshops on topics such as: Rewriting, Style, and Audience and served on the Writers Advisory Board of Authors.me, too.
Hannah's 2017 books were: the fiction collection, Can I be Rare, Too, by Bards & Sages Publishing, the novel, Ten Kilo and One Million, by Crooked Cats Books, the serialized novel, written with Rivka Gross, published in Tachlis Magazine, My Neighbor Judy, the poetry collection, Mothers Ought to Utter Only Niceties by UnboundCONTENT, the essay collection, Dreams are for Coloring Books: Midlife Marvels, by Seashell Books, and the essay collection, Tosh: Select Trash and Bosh of Creative Writing, by Crooked Cat Books. Also, in 2017, Hannah served as the judge for Brilliant Flash Fiction's contest, "The Dubash," taught multiple writing courses, including Writing Manuscript Critiques, and Autobiography Writing, and began the Jerusalem Post blog, "Word Citizen."
In 2018, the compendium of Hannah's first five volumes of collected fiction, Concatenation, by Bards & Sages Publishing, was issued. As well, Rhetorical Candy and On Golden Limestone, the second and third volumes, respectively, in a series of collected essays on Israel, were published by Seashell Books, To boot, Hannah was a long distance presenter at the Bridgewater International Poetry festival
In 2019, Seashell Press published the fourth volume in the Israel Series, Whistling for Salvaton, as well as a volume of poetry, The Wife/Mom. Hannah worked with Bards & Sages Publishing to release a seventh volume of brief fiction, Walnut Street. Beast There--Don't, a poetry chapbook, That will be published by Fomite Press.
In 2020, Seashell Press published the omnibus, Smiling and Nodding with Alacrity, and The Nexus of the Sun, the Moon, and Mother, both of which were essay collections. That press, likewise, published the poetry collection, Rudiments. Meanwhile, Eden Sotires Pres s is due to publish the novel, Upon the Lion and the Serpent, and Bards & Sages Publishing is due to release an eighth short fiction collection, Demurral. What's more, Propertius Press nominated Hannah for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay for a forthcoming essay collection, Simple Gratitudes.