Rosie Rosenzweig

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Myths & Ms.: ($15, 102pp, 6X9”: Softcover: ISBN: 978-1-68114-382-8; $30: Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-68114-383-5; $2.99: EBook: ISBN: 978-1-68114-384-2; LCCN: 2017954173; Author Photo by Lora Brody; Edited by Shauneice Robinson; Mystical Play; Release: February 15, 2018; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): A ghost hovers watching and waiting to embody itself in the most auspicious womb. Its goal is to fulfill what it couldn’t in its last lifetime called “soul work.” Myths & Ms. is an intergenerational play about abortion and reincarnation, dramatizing the changing attitudes and conditions towards abortion in the 20th and 21st centuries. This idea of reincarnation highlights the strident voices from the pro-choice and pro-life camps.

Myths and MS. An Inter-generational Play is both timely and timeless.  It’s a current as the latest abortion debate and as old as eternal return.  This is a very, very interesting play rendered with great skill and a fine Jewish accent.” —Luke Salisbury, Author of Hollywood & Sunset and The Cleveland Indian

“In Myths and Ms.: An Inter-generational Play, Rosie Rosenzweig has given us a kaleidoscope of our present social situation. Her characters and their language is clever, mischievous, engaging, and, above all, wise.” —Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Scholar-in-Residence at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco

“Rosie dives into complex cultural, moral, and spiritual topics with a loud, clear voice. Her characters are interesting and well-developed. This is an intergenerational story relevant to today’s politics of gender and a women’s right to choose.” —Martha Joy Rose, Founder of the Museum of Motherhood

Myths and MS. is a well-paced and engaging psychological trip that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next to this dysfunctional family. In this play, there is a cheater, a ghost, abortions, secrets, Wade vs. Wade, and a family cycle that does not end. Rosie Rosenzweig writes with such convincing dialogue, you feel so comfortable with the characters that you could be sitting their living room or kitchen partaking of their family dynamics.” —Gloria Mindock, Managing Editor, Červená Barva Press

Myths and Ms. is a fast-paced family cycle complete with ghosts, that marries Yiddish theatre, Greek mythology, and feminism demanding the audience to question Roe vs. Wade.  Rosie Rosenzweig’s characters are unforgettable as they traverse their well-hidden secrets and open their hearts to love and loss.  They are women of action who explore their feelings in true Shakespearean fashion.   A hidden gem of a play!” —Anne Elezabeth Pluto, PhD, Professor, Artistic Director, Oxford Street Players of Lesley University.

Emergence: The Role of Mindfulness in Creativity: (Softcover: $15, 80pp, 6X9”: 978-1-68114-538-9; Hardcover: $30: 978-1-68114-539-6; EBook: $2.99: 978-1-68114-540-2; LCCN: 2020909132; Edited by Brenna Nelson;Release: August 31, 2020; Purchase on Amazon or Barnes & Noble): Based on over 40 interviews with women artists, explains the relationship between Flow and Mindfulness Meditation through the words of the artists themselves. The book begins with the history of mindfulness in its Buddhist context; each chapter demonstrates an aspect of this state of consciousness and how a given artist, most of whom are not meditation practitioners, has intuitively entered this autotelic state. They describe their experiences with their own personal vocabulary. Eventually they all experience Emergence, the natural arising of creative ideas, once they are fully involved in the creative process. The last chapter summarizes the conditions that foster creative solutions to art and life.

“In this intimate book of interviews with a fascinating array of artists, Rosie Rosenzweig’s experiences as a scholar, poet, playwright, and Buddhist practitioner find a creative stream of original analogies among Buddhist practices of mindfulness, ethics and compassion and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of flow. Provocative and fascinating!” —Carolyn Dille, Founding Editor, Leaping Clear, Poet, Soto Zen priest.

“Diving deep, Rosie Rosenzweig disentangles the term ‘mindfulness’ from its distortions and dilutions, restoring the concept to its fullest and most dynamic meaning. Examining the twin processes of meditation and artistic creation, Emergence is nothing less than a guide to harnessing ‘the innate energy in the plasma of life.’ Cogent, persuasive, and useful, this little book will be a welcome companion to any artist, no matter their discipline.” —Richard Hoffman, author of four poetry books including Noon until Night, two memoirs, and a short story collection. He is a senior writer-in-residence at Emerson College in Boston and an assistant professor at Columbia University in New York.

“I enjoy Rosenzweig’s work as creative writer immensely. As a meditator, she is uniquely placed to bring insights to research exploring the intersection of meditation and arts practice, and I value her contribution to the field.” —Sherre DeLys, Meditation Teacher & Australian International Sound Artist and Broadcaster researching mindfulness meditation and the creative arts.

Rosie Rosenzweig, Resident Scholar in the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center, is also a Boston theatre reviewer. Her travel memoir, A Jewish Mother in Shangri-la, explores her son’s introduction to his Buddhist teachers in America, France, India and Nepal. This exploration began her studies in Buddhist and Jewish meditation. Her published articles and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and publications about these topics and the role of women in contemporary life. 

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