Jen Maidenberg’s essays have been featured in Medium’s Human Parts since 2014, and published in Proximity, Split Lip, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Silver Birch Press. In 2015, she was named a finalist for the Ruminate Magazine Spiritual Nonfiction Prize, as well as three times a finalist for the Autumn House Press full-length book contest (2016, 2017, & 2020) for her lyric memoir, ‘Til I Am. Two personal essays about her adjustment to life in Israel were included in the 2017 published anthology, Becoming Israeli.
In her 20 years as a freelance journalist, she’s reported for multiple publications — including The Times of Israel and the Arizona Jewish Post — on books, literature, authors, science, and cultural events. Past interviewees have included Curtis Sittenfeld, Sarah Einstein, Rivka Galchen, Yael Neeman, Amanda Stern, Julia Mossbridge, Dean Radin, Oren Jay Sofer, Marjorie Sharmat, David Broza, and Judith Viorst.
Less Bio, More Story
I used to live in Israel. Now I live in New Jersey, in the town where I grew up. Moving back to my childhood hometown surprised no one as much as it surprised me, except maybe my mother.
While living in the Northern Israel kibbutz community of Hannaton from 2010-2017, I received my MA from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University. During this time, I explored my life and identity as an immigrant woman and mother in Israel for various outlets, but I’m most proud of the essays in a bi-monthly creative nonfiction column in the online literary journal District Lit called My Time, Your Place.
Also Known As
Currently, I spend most of my time as VP of Marketing for IOD, a tech content creation company based in Tel Aviv, and as a single mom to three, gulp, teens.
Previously, I’ve played other leading and supporting roles: Chief Marketing Officer for The Trendlines Group, assistant editor of the Arizona Jewish Post, as well as book club manager at Scholastic, where I wrote three activity books for children.
I was the founding editor of “Superunknown: Songs About Stories” at Atticus Review, where I read/published wonderful short literary nonfiction about personal experiences with music.
In long-ago other lives, I wrote a popular weekly column reviewing Buffy the Vampire Slayer for one of the original TV blogs, ScoopMe. (A few posts are still even archived here.)
Perhaps, you know me from my Jewish Cowgirl days, when I was one half of the dynamic duo known as 2 Jewish Cowgirls, responsible for creating the infamous 100% Kosher Beef t-shirt, as seen on Zach Braff in Scrubs.
In the late 2000s, I also created organized holistic health fairs in Maplewood, NJ and went by the moniker “The Wellness Bitch,” blogging about holistic health as a lifestyle. That blog is now defunct. But, as an early adopter of blogging, my earlier writing is embarrassingly searchable. Blog posts abound. Search away, but be kind. I am a work-in-progress. We all are.