Leora Skolkin-Smith

Edges: O Israel, O Palestine was selected by Grace Paley for Glad Day Books, a new publishing house founded by Ms. Paley. A 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award Nominee, Edges is Leora Skolkin-Smith’s first published full-length novel. Born in Manhattan in 1952, Leora spent her childhood between New York and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in old Jerusalem every three years. She has been published in Persea: An International Review and The Sarah Lawrence Review. The recipient of grants from The Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and P.E.N. American Center, she has also developed and directed writing programs for the mentally ill in eight major psychiatric hospitals. In the last few years she was co-founder of The Emmett Till//Anne Frank program, a multicultural educational initiative for Afro-American and Jewish youth in Brooklyn. Leora holds a BA and MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

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