David’s second collection of short fiction, INTO THE WILDERNESS, winner of the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, explores the powerful and complicated experience of parenthood from many angles: an eager-to-connect divorced father takes his kids to a Jewish-themed baseball game; a lesbian couple tries to decide whether their toddler son needs a man in his life; one young couple debates the idea of parenthood while another struggles with infertility; a reserved father uses an all-you-can-eat buffet to comfort his heartbroken son. But the backbone of the collection is Judith, who we follow through her challenging first weeks of motherhood, culminating in an intense and redemptive baby-naming ceremony. In the words of author Joan Leegant, “These stories are fearless, honest and true. They are also a joy to read.”
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David’s guide to the creative process, THE ARTIST’S TORAH, is an uplifting and down-to-earth guide to the creative process, wide open to longtime artists and first-time dabblers, to people of every religious background—or none—and to every creative medium. In this book, you’ll find a year-long cycle of weekly meditations on a life lived artistically, grounded in ancient Jewish wisdom and the wisdom of artists, composers, writers, and choreographers from the past and present. You’ll explore the nature of the creative process—how it begins, what it’s for, what it asks of you, how you work your way to truth and meaning, what you do when you get blocked, what you do when you’re done—and encounter questions that will help you apply the meditations to your own life and work. Above all, The Artist’s Torah teaches us that creativity is a natural and important part of the human spirit, a bright spark that, week after week, this book will brighten.
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David’s first chapbook of poetry, AUTOGEOGRAPHY, is an exploration of place, home, and identity, what poet David Gewanter calls “a wanderer’s handbook on how to live ‘without location’ and ‘in this place.’” Poet Jennifer K. Sweeney describes the collection by saying, “David Ebenbach explores the borders of self and place….There is great warmth and presence in these poems.” In the words of poet and editor Jonathan K. Rice, “This collection is unsettling, spiritual, real, and relevant.”
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David’s first collection of short fiction, BETWEEN CAMELOTS, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award in Fiction, is about the struggle to forge relationships and the spaces that are left when that effort falls short. In the title story, a man at a backyard barbecue waits for a blind date who never shows up. He meets a stranger who advises him to give up the fight, to walk away from intimacy altogether and stop getting hurt. The wisdom—or foolhardiness—of that approach is at the heart of each of these stories. In “I’ll Be Home,” a young man who has converted to Judaism goes home for Christmas in Miami, and finds that his desire to connect to his parents conflicts with his need to move on. “The Movements of the Body” introduces us to a woman who believes that she can control the disintegration of her life through a carefully measured balance of whiskey and mouthwash. These are stories about loss and fear, but also about the courage that drives us all to continue to reach out to the people around us. Find out MORE.
David wrote the chapter on Plot for Gotham Writers Workshop’s book WRITING FICTION. All the chapters expand on the idea that “good writing comes down to craft far more than most people realize,” while also reminding aspiring authors that “rules are made to be broken.” The writing is fresh and full of concrete advice (e.g., “Desire is in the heart of every dimensional character”), and exercises allow students to explore what they have learned.
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