September 10, 2017

Fall 2017 Workshop in L.A.: SOLD OUT

Winter 2018 and Spring 2018 classes now enrolling. See Classes page.…

August 8, 2017

Michael Silverblatt turns 65

What better way to celebrate L.A.’s one-of-a-kind Bookworm and light than with a party at Hollywood’s Lacha Somtum (which, I am told, means “King of Papaya Salad” in Thai) restaurant?…

June 28, 2017

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Spring 2018

My Spring 2018 fiction writing workshop will be held on six consecutive Sundays from April 22 – May 27  at 5 – 7 p.m. The workshop will take place in Mid-Wilshire. Students of all experience levels are welcome. See the Classes page on this website for more information, or email me at jonathanblumort@gmail.com.

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March 21, 2017

Spring 2017 Workshop in L.A.: SOLD OUT

My Spring 2017 fiction writing workshop in L.A. has sold out. Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 classes are now enrolling. See Classes page for more details.…

February 13, 2017

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Winter 2018

My Winter 2018 fiction writing workshop will take place on six consecutive Sundays from 5 – 7 p.m. from January 21 through February 25. The workshop will take place in Mid-Wilshire. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Class size is limited to ten. Please check out the Classes page on this website for more information. And contact me if you have any questions at jonathanblumort@gmail.com…

February 13, 2017

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Fall 2017

My Fall 2017 fiction writing workshop takes place on six consecutive Sundays from 5 – 7 p.m. from September 17 through October 22. The workshop will take place in Mid-Wilshire. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Class size is limited to ten. Please check out the Classes page on this website for more information. And contact me if you have any questions at jonathanblumort@gmail.com…

December 11, 2016

2017 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

From June 17 to June 23, 2017, I will be teaching two intensive fiction writing classes at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival in Iowa City. Keep an eye on the ISWF website for class dates and course descriptions.…

October 21, 2016

Story in Sonora Review

My short story, “Weekly Status Report,” which takes place in the world of competitive Scrabble, can be found in the fall 2016 issue of Sonora Review. It’s Issue #70.…

October 11, 2016

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Spring 2017

My Spring 2017 fiction writing workshop runs for six weeks from Sunday, April 2 through Sunday, May 7. The workshop will take place in Mid-Wilshire. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Class size is limited to ten. Please check out the Classes page on this website for more information. And do contact me if you have any questions at jonathanblumort@gmail.com.…

July 20, 2016

To China

For three weeks, starting August 30, 2016, I will be a guest writer at the Tianjin Binhai International Writing Program in Tianjin, China’s fourth most populous city.…

June 6, 2016

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Fall 2016

My Fall 2016 fiction writing workshop runs from Sunday, October 30 – Sunday, December 11. The class meets in Mid-Wilshire. Class size is limited to ten students. Students of all experience levels are welcome. Classes will meet from 5 – 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Classes page on this website. You may also contact me at jonathanblumort@gmail.com.…

April 23, 2016

Off to Scotland

My fellowship at the Hawthornden Castle begins Sunday, April 24, 2016.

March 19, 2016

New Website

Thank you for creating this new website, Hani Yosef.…

March 2, 2016

Story in Carolina Quarterly

My story “Dignity Shores” has just come out in the Winter 2016 issue of The Carolina Quarterly.

February 19, 2016

Reading during AWP Conference

On Friday, April 1, 2016, at 7 p.m., I will be taking part in a reading co-hosted by Rescue Press, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center, and Akron Press. The event takes place at Seahorse Sound Studios (1334 S. Grand Avenue, LA, CA 90015) in downtown Los Angeles.…

November 30, 2015

Student Success

WILLIAM DEVERELL, who was in my Winter 2015 and Fall 2015 workshops, will be publishing his short story, “Evangel,” in  Exposition Review.

November 30, 2015

Hawthornden Fellowship

I have just been awarded a one-month fellowship at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers in Lasswade, Scotland for Spring 2016.…

November 30, 2015

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Winter 2016

From February 7 – March 132016, I will be teaching a fiction writing workshop in Mid-Wilshire. Class size is limited to ten. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. For enrollment information, click here. Or contact me at jonathanblumort@gmail.com.…

September 23, 2015

Interview with Rescue Press

I did an interview this week with Rescue Press, in which I talked about a book I love. Read the interview here.…

June 6, 2015

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Fall 2015

From September 27 – November 1, I will be teaching a fiction writing workshop in Mid-Wilshire. Class size is limited to ten. Writers of all experience levels are welcome. For enrollment information, click here. Or contact me at jonathanblumort@gmail.com.

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April 7, 2015

Welcome, international visitors

As of today, this site has had visitors from thirty-three countries:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

Glad to hear from you.…

March 13, 2015

2015 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

From June 7 – June 14, I will be in Iowa City, teaching two fiction writing workshops. Check here for course descriptions, schedules, and more.…

November 20, 2014

Jewish Book Council

I am proud that a review of Last Word is up on the Jewish Book Council website.…

October 20, 2014

Fiction Writing Workshop in L.A.: Winter 2015

On Sunday evenings from February 15 – March 22, 2015, I will be teaching a fiction writing workshop in Mid-Wilshire. Class size is limited to ten students. For more information, contact me at jonathanblumort@gmail.com.

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September 8, 2014

Review of Prairie Lights reading

Here is a nice review of the reading I gave in June 2014 at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City.…

July 25, 2014

KCRW’s Bookworm Book Club

This summer, 2014, I am guest moderator on KCRW’s Bookworm Book Club on Facebook. Come join the conversation.…

May 11, 2014

2014 Iowa Summer Writing Festival

From June 15 – June 22, I will be in Iowa City, teaching two short story writing workshops. Check here for course descriptions, schedules, and more.…

May 2, 2014

SPD best seller (yet again!)

Last Word has been on the Small Press Distribution best-seller list for six consecutive months! It is #5 for the period covering March/April 2014.…

April 15, 2014

Iowa City reading

On Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7 p.m., I will be reading from Last Word at Prairie Lights Bookstore.

(Hear a recording of this reading here.)…

March 7, 2014

SPD best seller (again!)

Last Word is the #10 best-selling book of fiction on Small Press Distribution for the period covering January/February 2014.…

February 5, 2014

Atlanta reading

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 7 p.m., I will be doing a reading and conversation at Crema Espresso Gourmet cafe in Dunwoody, GA.…

January 27, 2014

Bookworm on KCRW

On Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 2:30 p.m., I will be the guest on KCRW’s Bookworm with host Michael Silverblatt.…

January 20, 2014

Sun Sentinel

There is an article in today’s Sun Sentinel about my upcoming event at B’nai Aviv synagogue in Weston, FL.…

January 9, 2014

South Florida reading

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., I will be doing a public reading and conversation at B’nai Aviv synagogue in Weston, Florida.…

January 7, 2014

Huffington Post

There is an interview with me by Teddy Wayne on today’s Huffington Post.

January 3, 2014

SPD best seller

Last Word is the #8 best-selling book of fiction on Small Press Distribution for the period covering November/December 2013.…

December 23, 2013

Amazon.com

Last Word is now available at Amazon.com.…

December 8, 2013

Oakland reading

On Friday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m., I will be reading from Last Word at Book Zoo in Oakland, CA. (See flyer.)…

November 26, 2013

Iowa Public Radio

Last Word has just appeared on Iowa Public Radio’s 2013 Book Gift List.…

November 2, 2013

L.A. reading

On Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m., I will be reading from Last Word at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles with Central Valley singer-songwriter Frank Fairfield.…

October 31, 2013

Editor’s Pick

Today Last Word was named an Editor’s Pick at Newpages.com.…

October 14, 2013

Book release!

My novella, Last Wordpublished by Rescue Press, is now on sale. Copies are available from Small Press Distribution.…

September 28, 2013

Prairie Lights reading

I will be reading from Last Word at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City on Sunday, October 13, at 2:30 p.m.

(Hear a recording of this reading here with introduction by Stephen Lovely.)…