Bio

 

Ellen Cassedy, the author of We Are Here, is a frequent speaker about the Holocaust, Lithuania, and Jewish culture.  Her book began when she set out to connect with her Jewish family roots.  In a searing terrain of memory and moral dilemmas, she explored how people in Lithuania – Jews and non-Jews alike – are engaging with their Nazi and Soviet past.  In the end, she found hope for a more tolerant future.

We Are Here is the winner of numerous awards and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

Ellen’s Tips for Writers appear monthly on SheWrites.com.

Her play, Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, celebrates the spare beauty of a small but important life. Based on the diary of an actual elderly woman, it was adapted into a short film that won numerous awards and qualified for an Academy Award nomination.

Ellen was awarded the 2012 Translation Prize by the  Yiddish Book Center with her colleague, Yermiyahu Aaron Taub.  Her translations appear in the magazine of the Yiddish Book Center and in Beautiful as the Moon, Radiant as the Stars: Jewish Women in Yiddish Stories (Warner Books).

Ellen is a former columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, a former speechwriter in the Clinton Administration, and the author of two books for working women. Her work has appeared in Hadassah, The Jewish Daily Forward, the Huffington Post, Ha’aretz, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Lilith, Bridges, Polin, and Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies.

She lives near Washington, D.C.