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Lazarre Simckes

Author's Bio

"A man is not his blemish!" from Seven Days of Mourning. Don't hold my Harvard degrees against me (B.A. and Ph.D.) or my Stanford degree (M.A.) What I value most in my career were my years as community-based family therapist in Rhode Island, and prison sex offender therapist in a Massachusetts rehabilitation program. What a privilege to help others in extreme need. Teaching at colleges has been great, but then again I preferred conducting televised interactive writing workshops for high school and middle school students across the country for four years. Most satisfying was the interactive, cross-cultural writing workshop ("Celebrating Differences") I conducted for Israeli Arab and Jewish high school students and their counterparts in Massachusetts, who shared their life experiences via satellite. Now I need Arab and Israeli partners (writers as teachers) to help modify the educational landscape of the Mideast, encouraging mutual validation and empathy through story telling in the company of each other. Writing, teaching, therapy, translations from the Hebrew, now comes acting in and directing my own plays. Finally I'm the ham in my own sandwich.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Comatose Kids (Fiction Collective Two, 1976), Seven Days of Mourning (Random House, 1963)
Journals:
Fiction, The Massachusetts Review
Prizes:
* Yale Drama Series Competition (2006-07), "Open Rehearsal," first runner-up (Judge: Edward Albee) * Massachusetts Cultural Council Roster of Artists (1999-2009) * Fulbright Scholar & Writer-in-Residence, University of Haifa, Israel (1995-96) * National Jewish Book Award, translation of Becoming Gershona from Hebrew (1991) * The Ingram Merrill Foundation (1989) * The Massachusetts Council for the Arts Award(1988) * Fannie Hurst Fellow, Brandeis University (1983) * National Endowment for the Arts Literature Award for original screenplay "The Human Windmill" about boxer Harry Greb(1979) * Littauer Foundation Playwriting Grant (1970-71) * Prize Story, American Literary Anthology, "Shmatte, or Father Abraham" (1970) * National Endowment for the Arts Pilot Grant (1967-68) * Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Founding Member (1966-68) * Jewish Theological Seminary Writing Grant (1964-65) * Wallace Stegner Writing Fellow, Stanford University (1959-60)

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Listing last updated: January 8, 2010

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Jewish
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
Hebrew
Born in:
Saratoga Springs, NY
Raised in:
Boston, MA

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