A MESSAGE FROM THE CORE



 
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Corie Adjmi has a flare for dramatizing scenes. She hones in on the killer moment, and her dialogue is so honest that I was cringing at times…It is just so vivid.
— Susan Breen, The Fiction Class
 

Corie Adjmi writes about relationships, family and community on her blog, FROM THE CORE. Corie’s short story, "Dinner Conversation," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story, "The Devil Makes Three," received a first place prize for excellence in prose by Whetstone. Her work has been published in a number of literary journals including Diverse Voices Quarterly, Evansville Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Indiana Review, Licking River Review, The North American Review, Red Rock Review, Red Wheelbarrow, South Dakota Review, The TalonMag, Verdad, and others.


My name is Corie and the Latin word cor means courage. I need some of that for this blogging endeavor because I tend to play it safe; I’m kind of a private person. So being so public is a challenging adventure for me.

Two years ago, on a trip to France, my husband Mark and I climbed stairs to a high diving board over the Mediterranean. He jumped. I couldn’t.  When I was a kid in New Orleans, where I grew up, I used to jump off the high diving board all the time. As I stood frozen at the edge of the board, unable to move in any direction, a wild, longhaired boy with flailing arms ran up behind me and pushed me into the sea. I was shocked but thrilled. I would’ve never jumped. The next day, certain I would live if I jumped, I climbed the stairs again only to find myself frozen at the edge. I climbed back down the stairs — alive and safe.

This blog is my jump.

I’m writing from the core because I want to share ideas, start conversations, and reflect on matters that matter — to me. Plus, I needed something to do while I waited to hear back from four literary agents about my novel. I am now repped by Carrie Howland, Empire Literary Agency.

I’ve been married for almost 34 years. It hasn’t always been easy. In fact, it’s still not easy but my husband, Mark, lets me write whatever I want about him. We have five children. I try not to write about them too often, but sometimes I just can't help it.

I have a graduate degree in education from Bank Street College  and my thesis was titled Family Folklore and the Role of Storytelling: The Study of a Family and the Syrian Jewish Community in Brooklyn. (A while back, it was actually nominated as one of the top fifty theses in the Bank Street library.)

Anyway, that's when I began writing stories. Since then, my fiction and personal essays have appeared in a number of literary journals.