Slow Words


“A Reluctant Professor. A Grateful Coach,” EBB & Flow, November 18, 2017

“It’s Not Easy Being Short,” EBB & Flow, November 3, 2017

“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

Awards & Reviews

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


“My Food Complex,” Story Sessions at Radical Root Farm, October 7, 2018

“Strawberries in the Driveway,” Do Not Submit, August 2018

“Thank You, Mrs. Rosensweig,” You’re Being Ridiculous, March 6, 2018

“Tolerance,” Do Not Submit, December 2017

“Discomfort Food,” with David Barish, Is This a Thing, December 12, 2016

“Darkness: An Illuminating Concept,” Is This a Thing?, December 14, 2015

“The Reunion,” Story Sessions, October 18, 2015

“The Name You Give Yourself” Story Club North, August 6, 2015

“Thank You, Mrs. Rosensweig,” Stories from the House of Truth,  June 18, 2015

“Love Letter,” Essay Fiesta, January 18, 2014

“Messy Love,” Story Sessions, July 26, 2013

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


“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