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, New York magazine, and ARTnews, where I was a regular contributor.

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, Calif.; covered an official cannabis seder in Portland, Ore.; and edited novels, memoirs, and essay collections, some critically acclaimed.

I earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College and have been awarded residencies for fiction at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). Since 2010, I have written about cannabis for Tablet, JTANews, and L.A.’s Jewish Journal, among other publications.