Personal Essays

2019 “Remembering the Woman Who Was My Second Mother in Cuba,” Sapiens, March 15, 2019.

2016 “I Come From All Places,” in Home: An Imagined Landscape, edited by Marjorie Agosín. Kent, England: Solis Press.

Trying Not to Drown in a Glass of Water On My Way to Cuba,” Jewish Book Council, Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Where is home for the child of nomads?Aeon Magazine: Ideas and Culture (April 14, 2014).

East, West, and Cuban: The Foods of Home,” Pakn Treger, Summer 2013: 36-37.

2007, “A Room Named Ruth,” Pakn Treger, Fall: 5767, 55. In PDF.

2003 Everything I Kept: Reflections of an Anthropoeta,” in Women Writing and Resistance in Latin America, edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez (Cambridge: South End Press): 47-58.

1997 “Daughter of Caro,” in Daughters of Caliban: Caribbean Women in the Twentieth Century, edited by Consuelo López-Springfield (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997): 112-120.

1997 “Dulce María Loynaz: A Woman Who No Longer Exists,” introduction for special section of the Michigan Quarterly Review dedicated to the life and work of this major Cuban poet and writer, recipient of the Cervantes Award for lifetime achievement in writing in the Spanish language, Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 336, no. 4 (Fall, 1997): 529-537.

1997 “Sarah & Hagar: The Heelprints upon Their Faces,” in Beginning Anew: A Woman’s Companion to the High Holy Days, edited by Gail Twersky Reimer and Judith A. Kates. (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997): 35-43.

1995 “Juban América,” in King David’s Harp: Autobiographical Essays by Jewish Latin American Writers, edited by Stephen A. Sadow (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999): 201-223.

1994 “Dare We Say I?” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 29, 1994, Section 2, B1-2.

1994 “For My Son Gabriel Who Must One Day Become a Man,” Michigan Quarterly Review, vol. 33, no. 1 (Winter 1994): 115-116. Reprinted in The Male Body: Features, Destinies, Exposures, edited by Laurence Goldstein (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994).

1990 “The Body in the Woman, the Story in the Woman: A Book Review and Personal Essay,” Michigan Quarterly Review, special issue on “The Female Body,” vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 694-738. Reprinted in The Female Body: Figures, Styles, Speculations edited by Laurence Goldstein. (Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1991): 267-311.