Rochelle Jewel Shapiro’s novel, Miriam the Medium was published by Simon & Schuster in 2004. She has published essays in The New York Times (“Lives”) and Newsweek. Her poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in many literary magazines, such as Moria, Streetlight Magazine, Grub Street Review, and Frontier Poetry. Shapiro currently teaches writing at UCLA Extension. You can find out more about her life and work at