Rota is a poet and public interest lawyer living in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
His work has been featured by Button Poetry, Entropy!, FreezeRay Poetry, Alternating Current (February 2020), Jet Fuel Review, and elsewhere. He is a proud member of the MMPR collective and the Assistant Executive Editor of Knights' Library Magazine.
By day, he supervises law students who provide free legal services to veterans. You can't miss him. He's the tallest Jew for miles.
Twitter handle: @TheMCRota
GIVETH AND TAKETH by Rota
Was Donald Trump able to become President because God abandoned us? Are Jews white? Does Hell have better weather than Heaven? In Giveth and Taketh, Rota addresses all of these questions, discussing his own experience and political theology as a Jewish person in the Trump-era while also exploring broader issues of race, mental health and grief.
From the Perspective of Chanukah:
I am the American dream personified. The essence of the self-made man.
Most people think I am the most important Jewish holiday. I am not even in the Bible,
only tucked into the Apocrypha like a deleted scene,
yet look at me alongside these others no one has heard of:
Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Tu B’Shvat. When was the last time you saw
a Hallmark card for Yom Kippur?
Yom Kippur is about repentance and fasting. Call it a High Holiday all you want,
but guilt and hunger don’t sell.
Giveth and Taketh will be published in March 2020.