Moriel Rothman-Zecher is an Israeli-American novelist and poet. He is a National Book Foundation ‘5 Under 35’ Honoree, and author of the novel, Sadness Is a White Bird (Atria Books / Simon and Schuster, 2018), which won the Ohioana Book Award and the Cincinnati Books by the Banks Author Award for Fiction, was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in Debut Fiction, and was longlisted for the Center for Fiction’s Debut Novel Prize. 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). He has taught creative writing at the Miami Book Fair’s Miami Writers Institute, and 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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