Nov 132010

Recipient of the Theodore Hoepfner Fiction Award and past writer-in-residence at the Mishkenot Sha’ananim Artists’ Colony in Jerusalem, Pushcart Prize-nominee Perle Besserman was praised by Isaac Bashevis Singer for the “clarity and feeling for mystic lore” of her writing, and by Publisher’s Weekly for its “wisdom [that] points to a universal practice of the heart.”  Her autobiographical novel, Pilgrimage, was published by Houghton Mifflin, and her short fiction has appeared in The Southern Humanities Review, AGNI, Transatlantic Review, Nebraska Review, Southerly, and Bamboo Ridge, among others.  Her books have been recorded and released in both audio and e-book versions and translated into over ten languages.  Her most recent book of creative non-fiction, combining memoir, storytelling, and women’s spiritual history, is A New Zen for Women (Palgrave Macmillan); and her latest story collection, Marriage and Other Travesties of Love, is currently available online from Cantarabooks.  She has lectured, toured, taught, and appeared on television, radio, and in two documentary films about her work in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, and the Middle East.  Perle currently divides her time between Melbourne, Australia and Honolulu, Hawai’i.