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

In 1999, 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 for more than a decade.

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 my novel-in-progress at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

When Iā€™m not working on my novel, editing a manuscript, or hiking a mountain, I contribute West Coast feature stories to Tablet, JTANews, and the L.A. Jewish Journal, among other publications.