Hometown: Los Angeles
Dates in Sitka: 2013-09
Marjorie Gellhorn Sa’adah writes and teaches nonfiction to pursue her keen interests and to contribute to the life of her community. After two decades developing and leading innovative programs in community health, Sa’adah is focused on introducing teenagers to the power and practice of creative writing. She has launched writing programs in probation camps, high schools and nonprofits in rural and urban communities. Her writing has been awarded fellowships from Sundance, PEN USA, the Durfee Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.
In Fall, 2013, she will be the Rasmuson Artist Residency Program Fellow at the Island Institute. Her essays appear in anthologies, journals, and the Op-Ed and Book Review pages of the Los Angeles Times. She teaches Creative Nonfiction at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference. Sa’adah is a graduate of Hamilton College, and received her Master’s degree in Ethics from the Episcopal Divinity School. Every summer, she can be found haying the steep slopes of her family’s farm in the Catskill Mountains of New York.
Listen to an extended interview with Marjorie that aired on KCAW’s Raven Anthology program.