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Gina Nahai

Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: gina.nahai@gmail.com
Phone: (213) 740-3252
Office: THH 355 H

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Biographical Sketch

Gina B. Nahai is a best-selling author, and a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing program at USC. Her novels have been translated into eighteen languages, and are taught at a number of universities and high schools nationwide. Her writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Magazine, Huffingtonpost.com, and Truthdig.com. She writers a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a 2002 Simon Rockower Award, and a finalist for an LA Press Club award. Nahai’s first novel, “Cry of the Peacock” (Crown, 1992) told, for the first time in any Western language, the 3000-year story of the Jewish people of Iran. It won the Los Angeles Arts Council Award for Fiction. Her second novel, “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith” (Harcourt, 1999), was a finalist for the Orange Prize in England, the IMPAC award in Dublin, and the Harold J. Ribalow Award in the United States. A #1 LA Times bestseller, it was named by the paper as “One of the Best Books of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times. Her third novel, “Sunday’s Silence” (2001) was also an LA Times bestseller and a “Best book of the Year”. Her fourth novel, “Caspian Rain”, was published in September ’07 and was also an LA Times bestseller. Nahai is a frequent lecturer on the contemporary politics of the Middle East, has been a guest on PBS, CNBC, as well as a number of local television and radio news programs, and has guest-hosted on NPR affiliate, KCRW (The Politics of Culture). A judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards (Fiction, First Fiction), she has lectured at a number of conferences nationwide, and served on the boards of PEN Center USA West, The International Women’s Media Foundation, and B’nai Zion Western Region. Nahai holds a BA and a Masters degree in International Relations from UCLA, and an MPW from USC. She is a former consultant for the Rand Corporation. She has served on the board of directors of PEN Center USA West, B'nahi Zion Western Region, and the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, and on the advisory board of International Women's Media Foundation and Thirty Years After. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, and a fellow at the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. 

 

Education

  • B.A. Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1981
  • M.A. Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1982
  • M.P.W , University of Southern California, 1988

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History


    Non-Tenure Track Appointments
    • Full Time Lecturer, University of Southern California, Master of Professional Writing Program, 2007-  
    • Lecturer, Master of Professional Writing Program, University of Southern California , 01/01/1999-  
    • Lecturer, Freshman Writing Program, University of Southern California , 01/01/1984-01/01/1988  

    Other Employment
    • Consultant, The Rand Corporation, 1985-1987  
    • Research Assistant for Professor Richard Ashcroft , University of California, Los Angeles, Department of History , 1980-1981  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Gina B. Nahai is the best-selling author of “Cry of the Peacock”, “Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith”, “Sunday’s Silence”, and "Caspian Rain". She holds an MA in International Relations from UCLA, and an MPW from USC. Her novels have been translated into 18 languages, and are taught at a number of universities in the US and abroad. She has been a finalist for the Orange Prize in England, the IMPAC award in Dublin, and the Harold J. Ribalow award in Fiction. Her writings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Magazine, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.She writes a monthly column for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, for which she has twice been a finalist for an LA Press Club award. She is the winner of the Persian Heritage Award in 2008.

    Conferences and Other Presentations


    Conference Presentations
    • "AJC Global Forum", Coverage for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Invited, 2011-2012   
    • "Author's Roundtable ", Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference , Roundtable/Panel, Washington, DC, Invited, 2011-2012   
    • "Larger than Life ", Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA , Invited, 2011-2012   
    • "Pathways to Success", Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference , Roundtable/Panel, Orange County, CA , Invited, 2011-2012   
    • "Author Presentation/Guest Lecture/Keynote Speech", American Jewish Congress; , Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • "Caspian Rain ", Talk/Oral Presentation, Beverly Hills , BH Public Library, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Caspian Rain ", Talk/Oral Presentation, West Los Angeles, LA Public Library, Westwood, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Fiction from Elsewhere", Roundtable/Panel, UCLA , LA Times Festival of Books, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Global Connections", Southern CA Leadership Network , Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, CA , Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Iran Before the Fall of the Shah", Talk/Oral Presentation, Newport Beach, Newport Beach Library, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Iranian Youth and American Politics", Thirty Years After, Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, CA , Thirty Years After, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "Jewish LA ", Roundtable/Panel, UCLA, UCLA Jewish Studies Program, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Enigma of Iran", Lecture/Seminar, USC, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Enigma of Iran", Talk/Oral Presentation, Atlanta, GA, Decatur Book Festival, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Iranian Jewish Community in Diaspora", American Jewish Congress, Lecture/Seminar, Orange County, CA , American Jewish Congress, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Literary Marketplace", AWP, Talk/Oral Presentation, Chicago, IL, AWP, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Role of Iranian Women in Society", Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, CA , Loyola Marymount University, Invited, 2009-2010   
    • "The Third Temple", Casden Institute, USC, Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles, CA , Invited, 2009-2010   

    Publications


    Book
    • Nahai, G. (2007). Caspian Rain. MacAdam/Cage.
    • Nahai, G. (2001). Sunday's Silence. New York, New York: Harcourt.
    • Nahai, G. (1999). Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith. New York, New York: Harcourt.
    • Nahai, G. (1992). Cry of the Peacock. Crown.

    Book Review
    • Nahai, G. (2003). "A Promising Premise that Goes Nowhere," Review of The Master Butchers Singing Club By Louise Erdich, Chicago Tribune, February 9, 2003.
    • Nahai, G. (2002). "An Authentic Voice from the Margins," Review of Roofwalker By Susan Power, Chicago Tribune, November 10, 2002.
    • Nahai, G. (2002). "Behind the Veil," Review of ESTHER’S CHILDREN: A Portrait of Iranian Jews Edited By Houman Sarshar, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2002.
    • Nahai, G. (2000). "A Father’s Debilitating Illness Cripples His Daughter," Review of An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender, San Francisco Chronicle, June 16, 2000.
    • Nahai, G. (2000). "The Last Great Revolution," Review of The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran By Robin Wright, San Francisco Chronicle, May 14, 2000.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • Column, Los Agenels Jewish Journal , 2007-  
    • Essay, "Mercy". Essay published in anthology, "Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" , 2006-2007   
    • Essay , Essay published in Anthology "If Salt Has Memory", 2007-2008   
    • Essay , "The Pearl Canon", published in "Triquarterly", 2008-2009   
    • Essay , 614: HBI Magazine, 2007-2008   
    • Essay , Published in Anthology, "If Salt Had Memory", 2008-2009   
    • Essay , Published in "Triquarterly" Magazine, 2008-2009   
    • Essay , "The Third Temple", Published in Journal of the Casden Institute at USC , 2009-2010   
    • Essay , Shma' Magazine, 2008-2009   
    • Article, "No Matter What, We’ve Already Won," Huffington Post, June 18, 2009 , 2009-2010   
    • Article, "Iran’s Never-Ending Movie," TheWrap.com, May 11, 2009 , 2009-2010   
    • Article, "What You Don’t Know About Your College Education," Huffington Post, January 6, 2009 , 2009-2010   
    • Article, "It Gets Worse," Huffington Post, January 6, 2009 , 2009-2010   
    • Article, "And You Thought Walmart Employees Had It Bad," Huffington Post, December 15, 2008 , 2008-2009   
    • Article, "The Great Shame of America’s Colleges," Huffington Post, December 14, 2008 , 2008-2009   
    • Article, "Even Paranoid People Have Real Enemies," Huffington Post, February 27, 2008 , 2008-2009   
    • Article, "The Lesser of All Tyrants," Huffington Post, June 19, 2007 , 2007-2008   
    • Article, "The Unintended Benefits of the Mess in Iraq," Huffington Post, June 15, 2007 , 2007-2008   
    • Article, "Bush’s Next Job," The Huffington Post, June 6, 2006 , 2006-2007   
    • Article, "Persian Gardens," Los Angeles Times, April 20, 2006 , 2006-2007   
    • Article, "On to the Vatican," Huffington Post, June 1, 2005 , 2005-2006   
    • Article, "Where I Live," Los Angeles Times, January 13, 2005 , 2005-2006   
    • Article, "An L.A. Author Feels San Francisco’s Chill," Los Angeles Times, January 4, 2002 , 2002-2003   
    • Theater, Becoming American (one act), staged reading by Jewish Women’s Theater, 4 performances, March 2012; staged reading at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, November 2012, 2012-2013   
    • Theater, Persian Gardens (one act), staged reading by Jewish Women’s Theater, 4 performances, March 2012; staged reading at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, November 2012, 2012-2013   

    New Courses Developed

    • Fiction Workshop, the Novel, MPW, 2011-2012   
    • Oral History: Witness and Writing, MPW, Developing works of fiction and non-fiction from the testimonies in the archives of the Shoah Foundation Institute at USC, 2011-2012   
    • Writer's Marketplace, MPW, Marketing, publication, and promotion in the digital age., 2007-2008   

    Honors and Awards

    • Grant, Center for Scholarly Teaching, USC, 2012-2013   
    • Obtained Fellowship, Shoah Foundation Institute, USC, 2012-2013   
    • Grant, Learning Environments, USC, Spring 2013   
    • USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, Awarded Learning Environment Grant Program, 2011-2012   
    • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith selected as one of "The Best LA Books/Fiction" by the Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2011, 2011  
    • American Jewish University's "Burning Bush" Award, 2010-2011   
    • American Jewish University’s "Burning Bush Award," 2010 , 2010  
    • Brandeis University's National Women's Committee Award, 2008-2009   
    • FInalist, LA Press Club Award , 2008-2009   
    • Bradeis University’s National Women’s Committee Award, 2008 , 2008  
    • Finalist, Essay, Los Angeles Press Club Award, 2008 , 2008  
    • Winner, First Place, Persian Heritage Award, 2008  
    • Caspian Rain nominated by MacAdam Cage Publishing for the National Book Award, 2007 , 2007  
    • Caspian Rain nominated by MacAdam Cage Publishing for the Pulitzer Prize, 2007 , 2007  
    • Caspian Rain selected as "One of the Best Books of the Year," Chicago Tribune, December, 2007, 2007  
    • Caspian Rain selected as "One of the Best Books of the Year," San Francisco Chronicle, December, 2007 , 2007  
    • Finalist: Los Angeles Press Club Award, 6/16/2007  
    • Judge, Fiction/First Fiction Category: LA Times Book Prizes, 2005, 2006 , 2005-2006   
    • Judge, Fiction/First Fiction Category: LA Times Book Prizes, 2005  
    • Winner: Simon Rockower Award, 2002  
    • Sunday’s Silence selected as "One of the Best Books of the Year," Los Angeles Times, December, 2001 , 2001  
    • Finalist: Harold U. Ribalow Award, 2000  
    • Finalist: IMPAC Award, 2000  
    • Finalist: Orange Prize for Fiction, 2000  
    • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith selected as "One of the Best Books of the Year," Los Angeles Times, December, 1999, 1999  
    • Cry of the Peacock nominated by Crown Publishers for the Pulitzer Prize, 1992 , 1992  
    • First Place: Distinguished Masters Thesis Award, USC, 1988  
    • First Place: Los Angeles Arts Council Award for Fiction, 1988  
    • First Place: Phi Kappa Phi Award, USC, 1986  
    • Honorable Mention: Nelson Algren Award, Chicago Magazine, 1985  

    Service to the University

    Other Service to the University
    • Speaker, MPW's Second Act Club, USC. , 2012-2013   
    • Organized and Conducted Interview with Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief of Thewrap.com, at USC., 2010-2011   
    • Organized and conducted interview with Literary Agent Barbara Lowenstein at USC. , 2010-2011   
    • Organized and Conducted Interview with Television Writers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin (The Killing) at USC. , 2010-2011   
    • Moderated Panel at the LA Times Festival of Books with authors Assaf Gavron, Laila Lalami, and Reza Aslan., 2010-2011   
    • Organized and Moderated Panel Discussion: "Writing in the Age of the Internet" with Tom Lutz (Editor in chief, LA Review of Books), James Rainey (Media writer, LA Times) Zuade Kaufman (Publisher, Truthdig.com), Otis Chandler (President, Goodreads.com)., 2009-2010   
    • Reading, USC MPW student/faculty reading series, "Holidays, Heaven or Hell." , 2009-2010   
    • Faculty Liaison, MPW Alumni Association, USC. , 2009-2010   
    • Organized and Moderated Panel Discussion, "Made into Movies: From the Page to the Screen," with panelists Sanford Climan (producer/agent) Joel Gotler (literary agent), Neil Tolkin (screenwriter) and Marc Von Arx (entertainment attorney) at USC., 2009-2010   
    • Organized and moderated panel: "The Changing Face of Publishing." , 2009-2010   
    • Organized and Moderated "From Publication to Promotion: Panel Discussion with Karen Grigsby Bates, David Boul, Carol Chouinard, David Ulin.", 2007-2008   
    • Secured offer of an annual $10,000 Poetry Award, with publication, for MPW students from MacAdam Cage Publishers. , 2007-2008   
    • Organized partnership and created blueprint for "One Book, One City" program at USC, in partnership with Mayor Villaraigosa. , 2007-2008   
    • Suggested and helped design a Summer Writers' Conference at USC. , 2007-2008   
    • Organized and Moderated "The Literary Marketplace -- Road Map to Success" with Sandra Dijkstra (literary agent, CA), Barbara Lowenstein (literary agent, New York), David Poindexter (publisher, Macadam Cage), Susan Salter Reynolds (LA Times) , Jan Valerio (Barnes and Noble) at USC. , 2007-2008   

    Service to the Profession


    Conferences Organized
    • Keynote speech, Shalhevet school, Los Angeles, 2011-2012   
    • Keynote speech, Universal love foundation, Los Angeles, 2011-2012   
    • Speaker, Iranian American Women's Leadershio Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, 2011-2012   
    • Keynote speech, Mil ken community high school, Los Angeles, 2010-2011   

    Professional Memberships
    • Fellow, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, 01/01/2008-  
    • Member, International Women's Forum, 01/01/2000-  

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations
    • Guest Author, "2 o'clock Show," KPQ Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "About Books," WVIK, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Between the Lines," WABE, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Beyond Words," KCLU, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Conversations," WQUB, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Studio Tulsa," KWGS, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "The AM Show," Cable Radio News, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Viewpoints," Media Tracks Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Writers on Writing," KUCI, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Charlie and Ernie in the Morning, WVMT Newstalk Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Cleveland Connection, WDOK Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Entertainment News, Westwood One Radio Network, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Jim Scott Show, WLW Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, KYW Newstalk Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Late Morning Edition, KVON Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Maggie Pascal Show, WCBM Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Michael Dresser's Show, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Morning Show, KCMN Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Morning Show, WGVU, National Public Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Morning Show, WRPN Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Morning Show, WTBQ Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, WICO Newstalk Radio, 01/1992-01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Between the Lines", WABE, National Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Conversations", WIP Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Extension 720", WGN Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "Midmorning", Minnesota Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, "The Conversation", KUOW, National Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, KABC Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, KALW Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, KPFK Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Larry Mantle Show, KPCC Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Milt Rosenberg Show, National Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Voice of America Radio , 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Weekend Edition Sunday, National Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Wisconsin Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, WNYC Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Working Assets Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Author, Zelda Young Show, CHIN FM Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest Host, Politics of Culture, KCRW, National Public Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, "Afternoon Report", TV News Channel 8, Washington D.C., 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, "Good Day Atlanta", WAGA TV, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, "Morning News", WUSA TV, Washington D.C., 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, "Weekly Report", TV News Channel 8, VA, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, Jewish Television Network, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, KTTV News, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, Tavis Smiley Show, PBS Television, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Guest, WILL Radio, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • Panelist, Dennis Miller Show, CNBC TV, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  
    • WGN Radio, Chicago, 01/01/1992-01/01/2012  

    Other Service to the Profession
    • Speaker, Cal State University Writers' Conference. , 2011-2012   
    • Speaker, So Cal Connections, Los Angeles. , 2011-2012   
    • Featured author, Jewish Women's Theater, Saffron and Roses., 2011-2012   
    • Speaker, Jewish Library Association , 2011-2012   
    • Speaker, Progressive Jewish Alliance Annual Conference, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, 30Years After's Annual Civic Action Conference, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, Inaugural event for the new Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, Soroptimists Conference, La Habra, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, San Diego Jewish Women's Alliance, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, Friends of Casden Institute's Annual Lecture, USC, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, Tucson Festival of Books, 2010-2011   
    • Produced and Moderated "Media Panel" for USC's Master of Professioal Writing Program, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, Women's Philharmonic Society, Irvine, CA, 2010-2011   
    • Participant, Book Expo America's "Digital Book Conference", New York, NY, 2010-2011   
    • Speaker, Loyola Marymount University, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, USC, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Los Angeles Public Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Newport Beach Public Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Georgetown University, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Centenary College, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Brandeis University, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, UCLA Friends of English, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, LACMA, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Pacific Asia Museum, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Bowers Museum, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Autry National Center, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, ALOUD, Los Angeles Central Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Skirball Cultural Center, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Google Headquarters, Palo Alto, California, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Santa Barbara Literary Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, San Francisco Central Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, San Clemente Public Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Toronto International Festival of Authors, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Miami Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, American Jewish University, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, West Hollywood Festival of Books, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, NCIBA, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Twin Cities Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, San Diego JCC Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Fullerton Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, AAUW, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Hadassah International, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, International Women's Forum, 2005-2010  
    • Jewish National Fund Annual Conference , 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Long Beach Women's Conference, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Nextbook, Chicago, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Nextbook, Los Angeles, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Nextbook, Seattle, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Washington DC Jewish Literary Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Marcus Jewish Community Center, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Irvine JCC Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Ann Arbor JCC Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, San Francisco JCC Book Festival, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Detroit Jewish Book Council, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Jewish Federation, San Gabriel and Pomona, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, American Association of University Women, Laguna Beach, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, American Association of University Women, Long Beach, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Women's American ORT, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Women for Conservative Judaism, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Women of Los Angeles and Women of Washington, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Women's Media Group, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Women's Dialogue, Los Angeles, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Iranian American Women of Southern California, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Independent Writers of Southern California, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, San Francisco BJE Jewish Community Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Jewish Community Center, Irvine, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, 30-Years-After National Conference, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Associated Writing Programs, Chicago, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Newport Beach Public Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Beverly Hills Public Library, 2005-2010  
    • Speaker, Westwood Public Library, 2005-2010  


  • Master of Professional Writing Program
  • University of Southern California
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, THH 355
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0355