Ellen Cassedy is the author of We Are Here and the co-translator (with Yermiyahu Ahron Taub) of Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel. We Are Here begins as she sets out to connect with her Jewish family roots, but her quest soon expands into an exploration of how people in Lithuania – Jews and non-Jews alike – are engaging with their Nazi and Soviet past in order to move forward into the future. In the end, she finds hope for a more tolerant future.
Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories by Blume Lempel moves between the realistic and the fantastic, the lyrical and the philosophical. Lempel’s narratives are masterpieces of poetic imagery, suffused with an abiding compassion. The translation received the 2012 Translation Award from the Yiddish Book Center.
Ellen is a winner of numerous awards and a frequent speaker about the Holocaust, Lithuania, Jewish culture, and Yiddish language and literature. Her Tips for Writers appear on SheWrites.com.
Ellen’s award-winning play, Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, celebrates the spare beauty of a small but important life. It was adapted into a short film that qualified for an Academy Award nomination.
Ellen is a former speechwriter in the Clinton Administration, a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, and author of two books for working women. Her articles have appeared in Huffington Post, Ha’aretz, Jewish Journal, Hadassah, The Jewish Forward, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Lilith, Utne Reader, Polin, and Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.