Elizabeth Poliner


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Past Events

Fiction Craft Panel: “Crafting the Complexity of Jewish Women’s Lives”

Date: February 8, 2024

Time: 3:20 – 4:35 p.m.

Location: Room 2208, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level


Featuring: Elizabeth Poliner, Rachel Kadish, Margot Singer, Sarah Seltzer, Lauren Grodstein

AWP Conference 2024

Within the rich tradition of Jewish-American fiction, distorted and stereotypical depictions of Jewish women abound, often sourcing from male writers. This panel of award-winning Jewish women novelists will explore a more authentic, multidimensional vision of Jewish women on the page, one that captures the variety, complexity, and layers of truth about Jewish women’s lives. This craft panel is for all writers who create against patriarchal bias and cultural stereotypes.

Fiction Seminar: “Developing Characters & Building Plot”

Date: January 13, 2024

Time: 10:00 – 3:00

Location: On-line through Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance


Where do ideas for creating fictional characters come from? How are these ideas developed so that characters are both believable and complex? In this one-day course, writer Elizabeth Poliner leads a lively exploration of these questions through discussion and the use of in-class exercises. After developing characters through various techniques, participants will practice developing stories and their plots through an understanding of character. By the day’s end, participants may have enough material at hand to go home and write a great character-driven story! Workshop includes a short lunch break.

PLEASE NOTE This workshop will occur ONLINE. The week of the workshop, attendees will be emailed a zoom link to enter the class.

Reading and Discussion in Columbia, MD

Date: March 3, 2019

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Temple Beth Shalom - 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, MD

Book Reading | Discussion

Temple Beth Shalom

Sunday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Reading and Discussion of As Close to Us as Breathing at Temple Beth Shalom – 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, MD

Reading and Discussion in Sharon, MA

Date: April 26, 2018

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Temple Sinai

Book Reading | Discussion

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Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Reading and Discussion of As Close to Us as Breathing at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St, Sharon, MA

Reading and Discussion in Mississippi

Date: January 24, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: University of Southern Mississippi

Book Reading | Discussion


Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m., Reading and Discussion of As Close to Us as Breathing at University of Southern Mississippi, Language Arts Building: Gonzales Auditorium.

Reading and Award Ceremony for Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

Date: November 1, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Rochester, NY

Award Ceremony | Book Reading


Meet the author of the 2017 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize!
On Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 Poliner will visit Rochester for a reading and award ceremony, followed by an hors d’oeuvres reception and book signing in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of the Rush Rhees Library at the University of Rochester. The event begins at 5:00pm. Books will be available for purchase, provided by the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore. Free parking is available in Library Lot.

November 1, 5:00 p.m., Reading and Award Ceremony, , Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Discussion and Signing in Washington, DC

Date: March 15, 2017

Time: 7:30 PM

Book Signing | Discussion


Discussion and Book Signing in Washington, DC at the JCC, Local Author’s Brunch.

Talk and Q&A in Washington, DC

Date: February 23, 2017

Time: 12:45 - 2 PM, 7-8 PM

Location: George Washington University


Jewish Literature Live: 12:45 – 2 p.m, Discussion with students; 7-8 pm, Talk and Q&A, open to public. George Washington University

Talk and Q&A in Boca Raton, FL

Date: December 13, 2016

Time: 2:30 PM

Book Signing | Discussion


Talk and Q&A on As Close to Us as Breathing (and book signing), Levis JCC Sandler Center, Literary Afternoon Series.

Reading and Discussion in Rockville, MD

Date: November 11, 2016

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: JCC of Greater Washington

Book Reading | Discussion


Reading and Discussion of As Close to Us as Breathing, The Lessons Family Annual Book Festival, JCC of Greater Washington (Rockville, MD).