I have recently renamed the blog from Fragments of Michael Dickel to Fragmentarily/ Meta-Phor(e) /Play (tagline: FMPP—Michael Dickel’s Blog) and now to Meta/ Phor(e) /Play (tagline: Words, Images, & More). This reflects a change over the past several months from (mostly) blog posts of my own creative writing / art / photography / opinions to including other writers. I thought it would be better to take my name out of the title and now, also out of the tagline. (See the name unpacked).
This isn’t totally a ‘Zine or totally a blog of my creative writing, but some hybrid of the two. During April 2017, I posted several other poets as part of interNational Poetry Month. I intend to continue publishing others, and not just poetry, but not at the frenetic pace I kept up during poetry month.
The main selection criterion for work included in the new ‘zine-like blog so far has been work that captures my interest and thus by invitations. I have had requests start to come in to be included in my blog, so I have set up a Submissions page. If you are interested, please read and follow the guidelines. I will not accept work and may not even look at work that does not follow the guidelines. And the criterion will mainly be work that captures my interest. So browse the site and see what I write and what I’ve published by others.
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Michael Dickel, a poet, fiction writer, essayist, photographer, digital artist, and educator is a contributing editor for The BeZine, formerly an associate editor and contributing editor of The Woven Tale Press, managing editor of arc-24 (2015) and arc–23 (2014), and co-edited Voices Israel Volume 36 (2010). His latest book of poems is War Surrounds Us. Previous books include Midwest / Mid-East and The World Behind It, Chaos, an eBook from “why vandalism?” that is no longer available online. Dickel is the Chair of the Israel Association of Writers in English.
Dickel’s work was short-listed for the Wisehouse 2016 Poetry Award and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, art books, and online for over twenty years. His photographs and poems have appeared in: THIS Literary Magazine, Eclectic Flash, Cartier Review, Pirene’s Fountain, Sketchbook, Emerging Visions Visionary Art eZine, Poetry Midwest, Fotógrafos En La Calle (Street Photographers), why vandalism? [1, 2, 3, 4], Poetica Magazine—Reflections on Jewish Thought, Zeek: a Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture and Abramelin: the Journal of Poetry and Magick, among many others (a selection of recent publications can be accessed on the Links page). Two of his poems received first and second place in the 2009 international Reuben Rose Memorial Poetry Competition.
He has also worked with documentary film productions, writing everything from fund-raising proposals to research to treatments and scripts. Working with David Fisher, he wrote a successful proposal for a U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures through Film Development Grant.
Michael (Dickel) Dekel, Ph.D., holds degrees in psychology, creative writing, and English literature. He has been teaching college and university for over 25 years—writing and literature courses in the United States and Israel, as well as courses in media and English Education in Israel. He directed the Student Writing Center at the University of Minnesota and the Macalester Academic Excellence Center at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN). He currently lectures at Kibbutzim College (Tel Aviv). Dr. Dickel has published articles, presented conference papers, and led workshops on writing and the teaching of academic writing. He currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
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