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About

I began my career as a journalist in New York City.

In 1998, after graduating from Barnard College, I became a staff reporter at the Forward newspaper. I went on to freelance for major national and local publications, including Elle, ARTnews, and New York Magazine. I also made a foray into independent film, producing the acclaimed documentary “Alice Neel,” about the late figurative painter.

In 2007, I moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles to become the Forward's West Coast correspondent. Since leaving full-time journalism to pursue my first novel, I have taught Creative Writing workshops in Berkeley; written about cannabis in the Jewish context; and edited memoirs, novels, and essay collections.

I earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington, and have been awarded residencies for my novel-in-progress at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. I am based in California, but have also spent time in Ashland, OR; Taos, N.M.; and Ubud, Bali, among other beautiful places.