Sally Wiener Grotta Author, Photographer & Speaker

  • Gesundheit! Catching & Spreading the Creativity Bug
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on February 6, 2019 at 12:46 am

    Creativity is contagious, and one of my aims is to help spread the bug widely. I hope you’ll join me in this. It’s fun, meaningful, and an important key to our continued growth, well-being and success. A newsletter with essay, video, and links to other resources. […]

  • What Is It About the Human Hand? (a poem)
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 27, 2019 at 4:27 am

    A poem written for the American Hands photo project: What is it about the human hand? / Four fingers and an opposable thumb / That can grasp and release / Wield and yield. / But any ape can do that... […]

  • What Photography Has Taught Me About Writing… and Vice Versa
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 8, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    I am often asked what I mean when I say that my photography and writing inform each other. Photography, storytelling, and, yes, life... it's all about what we see, how we convey it to others and whether we can make it meaningful... […]

  • What Drives You to Write Your Stories?
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on January 7, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Novelist as Poet or Philosopher, Meditation Inspired by Samuel R Delany’s The Atheist in the Attic […]

  • Wishing you and yours a new year of good memories
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Now. Today. This hour. This minute is a single string, plucked, strummed or bowed. Setting off harmonic vibrations, or a cacophony.... […]

  • Newsletter: Storytelling, Our Humanity Illuminated
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Sally Wiener Grotta's Dec. 2018 newsletter on how our humanity is expressed and supported through storytelling. It includes an essay, a video (Our Creativity Gene), and a free eshort story "The Broken Bottle" (originally published in The North Atlantic Review). […]

  • Far From the Home I Love
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 9, 2018 at 3:21 am

    On seeing the new Yiddish production of "Fiddler on the Roof," I reflect back on memories of the original Broadway show, on what it is to be Jewish, and on memories of my very special relationship with my Dad whose parents lived a similar life to that portrayed by the musical. […]

  • A Survival Instinct, a poem
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on December 3, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    A poem: "Reaching outward, when inward is too raw...." When life serves up pain and confusion, writers see Story. […]

  • I Am A Jew
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on November 26, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I wrote this essay for my old website a few years ago. In the wake of the horrific shooting at Pittsburgh's L'Simcha Tree of Life one month ago -- and the the current political atmosphere that has given haters permission to come out of hiding -- this piece is a poignant reflection of the innocence I was once privileged to feel. It's also a declaration of who I am, and my determination not to be cowed by the haters. […]

  • Choices
    by Sally Wiener Grotta on November 19, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Life gives us only now, this moment, to choose among the many responsibilities, pleasures and trials that are strewn in our path. We shape our time on this earth second by second. Then, suddenly, all options are taken out of our hands... […]