Meet Fellow Gordon Haber
Gordon Haber abandoned an early career in marketing for the more rewarding, if less lucrative, fields of writing and publishing.
Gordon has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship to Poland, and he has received support from the Queens Community Arts Fund and the MacDowell Colony.
His nonfiction religion writing on topics like circumcision, atheism, and the Jefferson Bible appears frequently in the Jewish Daily Forward, Religion Dispatches and Killing the Buddha.
His recent fiction includes two best-selling novellas published by Amazon as kindle singles: False Economies and Adjunctivitis. Other stories have appeared in the Normal School, The Parenthetical Review, Jewish Fiction, Zeek and Heeb Magazine. His forthcoming kindle single, His Grandmother’s Memory, will be published this summer.
His agent is currently submitting his novel, With Perfect Faith: A Novel of the Apocalypse (Jewish division), to publishers. The novel is the fictional memoir of Gershon Halpern, a skirt-chasing, alcoholic marketing executive whom god chooses to prophecy the imminent arrival of the messiah.
After the success of his own e-books, Gordon started Dutch Kills Press, LLC, an e-book publishing company.
Gordon does not live in Brooklyn.
Uggs for Gaza, a story collection with themes of displacement and otherness among diaspora Jews. With stories set in Los Angeles, Warsaw, New York, London and France, I’m investigating how identity is complicated by religion, race and social rank.
What drew you to apply to LABA?
Jewish texts frequently find their way into my fiction, and I loved the idea of a community of artists studying and using the texts for inspiration.
What calls to you about this years particular topic, OTHER?
The topic snuck up on me. I didn’t realize it until I saw that this year’s topic is OTHER, and then I took a look at my short fiction and realized that they all deal with otherness — displaced people, or people at odds with the complicity accepted cultural values.