Moriel Rothman-Zecher is an Israeli-American novelist and poet. He is the author of the novel, Sadness Is a White Bird (Atria Books / Simon and Schuster, 2018), which received the National Book Foundation’s ‘5 Under 35’ Honor, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Debut Fiction, a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award, the winner of the Cincinnati Books by the Banks Author Award for Fiction, longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s Debut Novel Prize, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Library Journal. He is the recipient of a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship for Literature, and a 2018-2019 Wallis Annenberg Helix Fellowship for Yiddish Cultural Studies (Artist Fellowship). His essays and poems have been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review’s Daily, ZYZZYVA, The Common Magazine, Haaretz, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. Moriel lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio with his wife, Kayla, their daughter, Nahar, and their dog, Silly Department.

Moriel is currently working on his second novel, and training for his sixth ultramarathon. Follow him on Twitter @Moriel_RZ.


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