Lev Raphael has wanted to be an author since he was in second grade, and he's not only achieved his dream, he's published twenty-six books in genres from memoir to mystery to erotic vampire tale; had his work translated into fifteen languages; seen one sell close to 300,000 copies; appeared in two documentaries; won various prizes; done hundreds of invited talks and readings on three different continents; sold his literary papers (92 boxes!) to the Michigan State University Libraries (MSUL); been the subject of scholarly articles, papers, and book chapters; and seen his work taught at colleges and universities around the country. Which means he's become homework. Who knew? After close to twenty years of university teaching, he now offers creative writing workshops as well as editing at http://writewithoutborders.com. Born and raised in New York, he got over it and Michigan has been his home for more than half his life. He's a pioneer in writing about children of Holocaust survivors, which he's been doing since 1978, longer than almost any other American author. He frequently tours with his books (check http://www.levraphael.com for his current schedule). After he escaped academia to write full-time, he reviewed extensively for over a decade for the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio, The Washington Post, Jerusalem Report, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Forward, Boston Review, and Lambda Book Report. He's also reviewed books at The Huffington Post along with writing blogs about travel, art, and movies at his web site levraphael.com. A seasoned reader of his own work, with a background in theater, he loves the performance aspect of touring, as well as meeting people he'd never meet back home. And the sightseeing. And the foreign foods. For photos from some of his German book tours, go to http://www.levraphael.com/europe_photos.html.Read more Read less
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