Marsha Lee Berkman
Marsha Lee Berkman has published her prize-winning fiction in literary and university presses, anthologies, and nationally. Her work has been called "original and powerful," and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction, Writing Our Way Home, Mothers, Shaking Eve's Tree, Feldspar Prize Stories 2 , Lilith, The Long Story, The Jewish Women's Literary Annual, Chicago Quarterly Review, Sonora Review, REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, Cottonwood, Confluence, Compass Rose, Talking River, RiverSedge, Western Humanities Revie, Other Voices, Sifrut Literary Review, Mosaic, Westview, Entropy, New Laurel Review, and many other publications.

She is coeditor of the acclaimed collection, Here I Am: Contemporary Jewish Stories From Around The World, which was awarded the prestigious Oakland PEN International Josephine Miles Award for the highest standards of non-mainstream literature.

Marsha Lee Berkman received her B.A. in English from Northwestern University and holds graduate degrees in English Literature (Sonoma State University) Creative Writing (San Francisco State University) where she studied with Gina Berriault, William Dickey, and Leo Litwak, and Jewish Studies (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies) where she is completing a doctoral degree.

She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, grew up in the Midwest and South, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years. She enjoys, reading, studying, especially biblical texts, and a recently discovered passion for Talmud, music, walking, family, and being an active participant in her community, for which she has received several awards and recognition.

Marsha Lee Berkman is available for readings, interviews, editing, fiction tutorials, and lectures.

Subjects of special interest include Jewish literature around the world, American Jewish literature, particularly by women, and women's voices in the Bible. Recent topic: "Bertha Pappenheim as Freud's Anna O: fact or fiction?"

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Author Photo on the Home page by Cheryl Giddings.

Poets and Writers

Honors and Awards
International PEN Award
Finalist, Iowa Short Fiction Award
Quarterly West Novella Award
Jewish Women's Literary Annual
Feldspar Prize Stories 2

About the Jewish Women's Literary Annual
“This collection provides examples of some of the best Jewish women's writing today–Poetry, humor, fiction, memoirs, midrash-writing of high literary quality, by Jewish women, on almost any topic."

Jewish Women's Literary Annual is available from:
Eleanor Leff Jewish Women's Resource Center
National Council of Jewish Women New York Section
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