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Lev Raphael's Biography

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Jan 2008

Lev Raphael was born and raised in New York City, the son of Holocaust survivors. He did an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he won the Harvey Swados Fiction Prize, awarded by Martha Foley for a story later published in Redbook. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Michigan State University, where he taught Creative Writing and many other courses. Raphael's short fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in over two dozen anthologies in the U.S. and Britain, and his work is taught at colleges and universities around the country and in Canada. Raphael’s fiction has also been analyzed in scholarly journals and books, and at conferences like MLA in the U.S. and abroad. Raphael has published hundreds of stories, essays, articles and reviews in a wide range of newspapers, magazines and journals. Raphael is a winner of Amelia’s Reed Smith Fiction Prize and International Quarterly’s Crossing Boundaries Prize for innovative prose, awarded by D.M. Thomas. That memoir appears in his collection of memoirs Writing a Jewish Life. His first book of short stories Dancing on Tisha B'Av won a Lambda Literary Award. Raphael is also the author of two literary novels Winter Eyes and The German Money (a BookSense 76 Pick); a second story collection; a study of Edith Wharton’s life and fiction; and four co-authored books in psychology and education. His work has been translated into almost a dozen languages. Raphael has done hundreds of invited readings and talks across North America, in Western and Central Europe and Israel at colleges, universities, writing conferences, churches and synagogues, and book fairs. Featured in two documentaries, and the keynoter at several international Holocaust conferences, he has been a panelist at London’s Jewish Film Festival and is widely sought after as a panelist and moderator at conferences. Raphael was a long-time review columnist for the Detroit Free Press as well as reviewing for NPR, the Washington Post and other news outlets. He is the former host of his own public radio book show where some of his guests were Salman Rushdie, Erica Jong, Julian Barnes, Linda Fairstein, and Francine Prose. Raphael taught at Michigan State University as an assistant professor of American Thought and Language. He has been writing full-time since 1988. His web site is http://www.levraphael.com.


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