Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence.
Leora's first published novel, Edges (2005) was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley’s own imprint at Glad Day books.
Edges was nominated for the 2006 PEN/ Faulkner Award by Grace Paley; a National Women Studies Association Conference Selection; a Bloomsbury Review Pick, 2006: “Favorite Books of the Last 25 Years”; a Jewish Book Council Selection, 2005; and won the 2008 Earphones Award for an original audio production narrated by Tovah Feldshuh. In addition, it is currently in development as a feature film, produced by Triboro Pictures.
Her novels, Hystera (2011) and The Fragile Mistress (20008) were selected by Princeton University for their Series: “The Fertile Crescent Moon: women writers writing about their past in The Middle East”.
Hystera was the winner of the 2012 USA Book Award and the 2012 Global E-books Award. Hystera was also a finalist in The International Book Awards, and a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Hystera was republished by The Story Plant in September, 2013.
Edges is scheduled to be republished this Autumn 2014.