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.
Jen’s 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. She has also seen her work published in 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 and in 2016 a finalist in the Autumn House Press full-length book contest.
In her work as a freelance journalist, Jen 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, Marjorie Sharmat, David Broza, and Judith Viorst.
Currently, Jen is VP Editorial for IOD, a content creation company. Previously, she was 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 are even archived here.)