A New Jersey native, Jen Maidenberg is a freelance writer, editor, and mother of three who lives on Kibbutz Hannaton, Israel. Her creative nonfiction column, “My Time, Your Place” is published bi-monthly in District Lit, an online journal of writing and art based in Washington, D.C. Since 2011, Jen has blogged for multiple outlets — including The Times of Israel and the Arizona Jewish Post — about her adjustment to life in Israel. She also reports on books and literature for The Times of Israel, Drunken Boat, and other outlets. Recent interviewees have included authors Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Einstein, and Rivka Galchen.
Jen’s creative nonfiction has been featured in Split Lip magazine and Silver Birch Press. Last year, she was named a finalist for the Ruminate Magazine Spiritual Nonfiction Prize and more recently a finalist in the 2016 Autumn House Press full-length book contest. Her full professional bio may be found on LinkedIn.
Jen is a former assistant editor of the Arizona Jewish Post, as well as a former book club manager at Scholastic, where she wrote three activity books for children. In another life, she wrote a popular weekly column reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer for one of the original TV blogs, ScoopMe. (A few are even archived here.) In 2015, Jen received a Master of Arts from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University.