Jen Maidenberg is a freelance writer and editor who recently moved back to New Jersey after six-and-a-half years in the Northern Israel community of Hannaton. While living in Israel, Jen received her MA from the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Bar-Ilan University, where she wrote a lyric essay memoir.
Jen’s creative nonfiction column, “My Time, Your Place” was published bi-monthly from 2015 – 2017 in District Lit. Her work has also been featured in Medium’s Human Parts, Proximity, Split Lip, Queen Mob’s Tea House, and Silver Birch Press. Two personal essays about her adjustment to life in Israel were included in the 2017 anthology, Becoming Israeli. In 2015, Jen was named a finalist for the Ruminate Magazine Spiritual Nonfiction Prize. She is a two-time finalist for the Autumn House Press full-length book contest (2016 and 2017).
In her work as a freelance journalist over the last 20 years, Jen has reported for multiple outlets — including The Times of Israel and the Arizona Jewish Post — on books, literature, and local 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.
Currently, Jen is VP of Business Development for IOD, a tech content creation company based in Tel Aviv. As a volunteer, she acts as Columns Editor at Atticus Review, responsible for “Superunknown: Songs About Stories”. Previously, Jen was Chief Marketing Officer for The Trendlines Group, assistant editor of the Arizona Jewish Post, as well as 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 posts are still even archived here.)