I began my career as a journalist in New York City. In 1999, after graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University, I became a staff reporter at the Forward newspaper. I went on to freelance for major national publications, including Elle, New York, and ARTnews, where I was a regular contributor for more than a decade.

In 2007, I moved from Brooklyn to L.A. to become the Forward's West Coast correspondent. Since leaving full-time journalism to devote more time to 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 my novel-in-progress at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. I am also an avid traveler, and have had the privilege of living and writing everywhere from Ubud, Bali to Topanga, California to Taos, New Mexico.

And when I'm not working on my novel or editing a manuscript, I write West Coast feature stories for Tablet Magazine, the L.A. Jewish Journal, and JTANews, among other publications.