Articles by Stefanie Levine Cohen

Stefanie Teaching Writing Course at Katz JCC in November

October 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

I will once again be teaching my course at the Saltzman Foundation Life Long Learning Institute at the Katz JCC.  The course is entitled “The Story Continues: Telling Your Story, Writing From the Heart.” Wednesdays from Nov. 2, 9, 30 Dec. 7, 14. More information at [Read more...]

Truth Be Told

January 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

This Fall, I had the privilege of teaching a memoir writing course for the Salzman Foundation Life Long Learning Institute at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ. The class, entitled Memoir: Telling Your Story, Writing from the Heart, was my first for the Salzman Foundation and my first foray into memoir! Working with 10 fabulous adults, we [Read more...]


July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

By Stefanie Levine Cohen Mother presses her index finger into her daughter’s ponytail. She notices it is taking longer to dry now that it is removed from the girl’s head than it did when attached. Three days have passed since the cutting, and the hair is still damp, or else surprisingly cold. Two-and-a-half inches across the top [Read more...]

My appearance on Boomer Generation Radio is available as a podcast

February 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

I enjoyed being a guest on Boomer Generation Radio this week! Check out the podcast for our conversation about transitions, writing, and exploring the intersection between psychology and spirituality through story. Me being interviewed on Boomer Generation Radio by Rabbi Richard Address. Listen to the podcast in the player below. [Read more...]


December 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

It’s 1865 and I live in Mississippi. I am a slave. My family has been enslaved as long as I can remember, but that’s just to white men. The kind of slavery I’m talking about is somethin’ else. I am tall, thin, and worn. I do my job, don’t cause no trouble and hope to get outta this life as quickly and painlessly as possible. Best to [Read more...]

Venus de Madre

December 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

It’s almost moving day. The boxes are partly packed and the walls are naked. Without paintings and family photos as camouflage, I can see all the scratches and dings we created over the years. Here, you threw a picture book into the wall—you wanted me to read a different one. There, the mirror chipped when I dropped it. I was hanging [Read more...]

Lucky Lady

December 5, 2014 // 5 Comments

It’s been fifteen years now that I’ve been changing the dining room chandelier light bulbs. Fifteen years of paying the bills and sitting in the driver’s seat of the large blue Buick and cooking for one. Fifteen years since making the bed meant smoothing the covers and plumping the pillow on my side only. I know when Eddie [Read more...]


December 4, 2014 // 3 Comments

In childbirth, the final stage of labor before pushing out the baby is called transition. You get to the point where your contractions are so bad—intense, they call it, or productive—that you realize you are completely at the mercy of some higher power. Nature, biology, god, hell…call it what you want. There is no rest for the weary, no [Read more...]
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