(September 2016) The Guru Drinks Bourbon is now available. No, this isn't my novel about a guru who doesn't drink bourbon but pretends to. That was just a coincidence. I wrote God Wallah before Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche asked me to edit The Guru Drinks Bourbon, which is a nonfiction book about tantric guru devotion. I have edited other books and materials by Rinpoche and have never wanted or expected any credit, but this time he inexplicably told me to put my name on the cover. Only he changed my name. So in case anyone is wondering who Amira Ben-Yehuda is, she is a Buddhist from Iraqi Jewish, Welsh, and Basque blood with a Jewish and Christian name in her passport who has been recast as a Muslim princess. The book may blow your mind. You can buy it here.
(Sept. 2015) I found an egg the size of a large tic tac in nest above a light in the entrance of the house where I'm trying to write my novel. I think it had been abandoned. 50,000 words in. I will not fly away.
(Sept, 2015) Thankful to the Hemera Foundation for the opportunity to write and only write at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. But I won't lie. It's been a long 16 months and I'm ready to unpack this suitcase. Facebook is switched off. Instagram is on. Working on the novel. Writing is hard.
(August, 2015) At Bread Loaf with Vikram Chandra. Last night I believe I was shim shamming on the dance floor with Edward Hirsch, Charles Baxter, and a whole lot of hot writers and poets. Having a great time.
(July, 2015) Heading to Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in August and Vermont Studio Center in September. Writing two books at the same time, one fiction one non-fiction, about the same subject. In the meantime I'll be in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Paris, Le Moustier, and New York City. Sometimes for a day sometimes for a week. Suitcase is collecting stickers and marks. I wish I could throw it off a bridge and teleport to my next destination.
(Feb-April, 2015) In Bhutan working on a number of writing projects for self and others. Internet almost non existent. See you on the other side.
(January, 2015) Heading to the Jaipur Literary Festival January 21-25. Excited!
(December, 2014) Forgot to mention that this book came out a while ago. I wrote a chapter about Bhutan's education system. Global Perspectives on Spirituality and Education (Routledge)
(November 1, 2014) Tricycle Magazine has published my article about Kali Martin's garden in the south of France. I also made a short video about her place. Don't blame me for the headline. I did my best to argue against it but was unable to convince the editors.
(October, 2014) At Djerassi Artist Residency in northern California for a full month. Hoping to finish a draft of a novel. The center was recently featured in the New York Times. I can see the ocean from my room.
(August 1, 2014) The Autumn edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review is on stands now. In this issue I write about my father and his way with food. If anyone is interested in other stories about Iraqi cooking, check out my friend Jessica Soffer's book Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots. Just spent a few weeks in France where I had an opportunity to visit Kali's farm - the subject of my next column.
(July, 2014) I'll be heading to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in October. Really looking forward to some dedicated time to focus on fiction writing. Many thanks to all patrons of the arts who make these kinds of opportunities possible.
(May 14, 2014) Attending the Hunter College MFA Graduate Reading and alumni party. Many of the illustrious class of 2009 will be there. Much respect for my classmates who are now Amazons. Already on the shelves or coming very soon: Alex Gilvarry, Jess Soffer, Liz Moore, Scott Cheshire, Bill Chang, Jason Porter, Vanessa Manko, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Carmiel Banasky...and more.
(May 1, 2014) Summer 2014 Tricycle Magazine is on the stands. I write about mushrooms and about feeling about as rooted as a mushroom, which is to say, not that rooted. Encounters with the Mushroom Sangha.
(April 7, 2014) An article I wrote ages ago has just been published by Tricycle. Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Nepal.
(February, 2014) Spring Tricycle Magazine is on the stands: Chocolate Power
(November, 2013) Winter Tricycle Magazine is on the stands: Dharma Shala Soup
(October, 2013) I moved back to one of the United States of America.
(September, 2013) Fall Tricycle Magazine issue is on the stands: Recipe Impossible
(July, 2013) Summer Tricycle Magazine issue is on the stands: Fortune Cookies
(May, 2013) Germany is it for May. Bhutan is just a memory.
(April, 2013) Short story "Candy with Knives" selected for the Vice Magazine Fiction Issue.
Somewhere in the middle of nowhere is someone living in squalor with no privacy and no hot water until I finish the damned novel.
Recent articles include, "Breakfast in Bumthang: A Nutritious recipe for Porridge" Tricycle, Winter 2012 and "Reel Rinpoche" Tricycle, Summer 2012.