“Chaos Just Wants to Be Art,” Brevity Blog, May 24, 2019

“A First Love Returns,” EBB & FLOW, March 2019

“A Living Sanctuary,” Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, October 2017

“The Name You Give Yourself,” Story Club Magazine, October 28, 2015

“The Reunion,” Medill Magazine, September 2015

“An Introduction to Thread: Essay & Image,” Brevity Blog, June 4, 2015

“Soul Time,” Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, 2015

“Thank You, Mrs. Rosensweig,” Tiferet, Honorable Mention/Nonfiction, Fall 2014

“Strawberries in the Driveway” Full Grown People, 2014

“A Surprising Lesson in the Concert Hall” Classical Minnesota Public Radio,  2014

“The Power of a Circle: Standing Hand-in-Hand to Overcome Discrimination,” Tablet, 2014

“Exposed” Literary Mama, November 4, 2012

“At the Heart of the Matter,” Northwestern Magazine, Spring 2006


This Much is True, April 9, 2019

Homewood Stories, December 18, 2018

 You’re Being Ridiculous, March 6, 2018

 Do Not Submit, December 2017, August 2018

 Is This a Thing?, December 14, 2015, December 12, 2016

 Story Club North, August 6, 2015

 Stories from the House of Truth,  June 18, 2015

Essay Fiesta, January 18, 2014

 Story Sessions, July 26, 2013, October 18, 2015, October 7, 2018

Radio Essays

WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio
“Writer reflects on father’s role in fight for civil rights in Chicago”
January 16, 2012

“Impermanence and the true meaning of Sukkot”
October 12, 2011

“Writer won’t be skipping any Jewish services”
September 28, 2011

“Staving off the darkness of shorter, winter days”
December 14, 2009

“Finding the real meaning in Passover”
April 8, 2009

“The perfect card”
December 2008

“A little chat with money”
April 14, 2008

Awards & Reviews

Individual Artistic Award of Excellence, Skokie Arts Commission, June 2018

Four-star review of Thread in The Review Review

Notables in Best American Essays 2018 and 2016 “The Art of Passivity” by Richard Holinger (Fall 2017) and  for “Seaside Bohemia,” by Randy Osborne, (Fall 2015) Issues of Thread (Editor)

Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Silver Award for Footnotes, an external audience newsletter, 2014

Crystal Award for Writing, Single Feature
The Association for Women in Communications, 2000

Merit Award for Writing, Single Feature Story
The Association for Women in Communications
Crystal/Matrix Award, 1999

Excellence Award – Silver Award
Parenting Publications of America
Ellen Blum Barish on women’s issues is among a “superior stable of columnists,”1999

Excellence Award, Personal Essay, Honorable Mention
Parenting Publications of America / Medill School of Journalism, 1998


“Rabbi Andrea London: One of America’s 28 Most Inspiring Rabbis,” The Jewish Daily Forward, March 2014

“The Write Way,” Northwestern Magazine, March 2014


Winter, Summer and Fall issues, 2013, Footnotes, Northwestern University Library

Medill Alumni Magazine Winter 2006, Spring 2005, Fall 2005