Judith Teitelman

Fiction Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Author's Bio

Judith Teitelman has straddled the worlds of art, literature, and business since she was a teenager and worked her first job as a salesperson at a B. Dalton / Pickwick Bookstore. Just three months after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Art History, she was hired by Ace Gallery to open and manage Art and Architecture Books of the Twentieth Century, at the time Los Angeles’ second bookstore devoted exclusively to the arts. She began her career in the nonprofit sector in 1983, and in 1990 launched her arts and business management consulting firm working nationally with grass roots and mid-sized organizations and large institutions. She is also a mentor, trainer, and professional advisor to artists working in all disciplines.

Judith is adjunct faculty in the Theater School at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) co-teaching Entrepreneurship. She is a regular trainer at the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), among others, and was a trainer for more than 20 years at Los Angeles’ Center for Nonprofit Management.

Always, Judith continued her pursuit of all things literary and over the years, her articles have been published in a variety of formats and publications. These include two articles on the National Endowment for the Arts website, one that remained on the site for a dozen years, and six recent articles in Professional Artist magazine.

In 2008 Judith was a finalist for a PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship. 

Published in May 2019, Guesthouse for Ganesha, a tale of love, loss, and spirit reclaimed, is her debut novel. In 2016 this novel’s first chapter was published in the highly regarded literary journal PoemMemoirStory.

Publications & Prizes

Guesthouse for Ganesha, a novel (She Writes Press, 2019)
Prizes won: 

Gold Medal—Fiction-Literary category of the 2020 Readers' Favorite Book Awards

Gold Medal—The Independent Book Publisher's Award (IPPY), Europe - Best Regional Fiction;

Silver Medal—32nd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, Audiobook: Fiction

Award-Winning Finalist in the Literary Fiction category of the 2020 American Fiction Awards

Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Literary cateory of the 2020 Best Book Awards

Award-Winning Finalist in Best Cover Design: Fiction category of the 2020 International Book Awards

Award-Winning Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of teh 2019 Sarton Women's Book Awards



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jhumpa Lahiri Ha Jin Salmon Rushdie George Saunders Ann Patchett Isabel Allende Haruki Murakami Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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European American, White
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Born in: 
Chicago, IL
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Chicago and Los Angeles, CA
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Last update: Mar 30, 2021