Themes of migration and diaspora figure prominently in Benick’s fiction and nonfiction writing. In both, she explores the plight of immigrants, their transition from one world to another and asks the unavoidable, hard questions facing anyone departing from home: What shall I carry with me? What shall I leave behind?
“The Pickle Cellar,” Parchment.Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing, No. 16 (2014).
“Hawkeye,” Jewish Fiction.net (December, 2012)
“Digital Storytelling and Diasporic Identities in Higher Education,” Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, vol. V (2012)
“Digital Storytelling and the Pedagogy of Human Rights,” Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, vol. 29 (2011)
The Girl Who Was Born That Way, (Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education, 2015)
“A Letter to My Sixteen Year Old Self,” Women Writing Letters. Celebrating the Art (Toronto: Galley Road Publications, 2015)
|Advice from A Letter to My Sixteen Year Old Self
“Embrace the F-word. And I don’t mean the F-word that quite frequently rolls off your tongue Become a feminist. As the acclaimed writer and activist Alice Walker observed, The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.’ You do have power. Use it. When you are invited to make a presentation to the Rotary Club of St. Louis, welcome the challenge, sit at the table with those male Rotarians, speak your truth and, whatever you do, don’t dress up in your best pastel cashmere sweater set with a string of pearls. Just wear black.”