LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN is an author, social justice activist, and national lecturer.
A founding editor of Ms. magazine, she is the author of ten books, among them two novels, including her forthcoming novel, SINGLE JEWISH MALE SEEKING SOUL MATE (The Feminist Press, May 2015), two memoirs – GETTING OVER GETTING OLDER, and DEBORAH, GOLDA AND ME: BEING FEMALE AND JEWISH IN AMERICA – and her recent nonfiction work, HOW TO BE A FRIEND TO A FRIEND WHO'S SICK.
Pogrebin also edited the anthology, STORIES FOR FREE CHILDREN, and served as the Consulting Editor on FREE TO BE, YOU AND ME, and FREE TO BE A FAMILY, Marlo Thomas’ ground-breaking children's books, record and television specials.
Besides Pogrebin’s twenty year affiliation as a writer and editor of Ms. magazine, she has published hundreds of articles and op-eds in such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Times, Toronto Star, The Nation, Harpers Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Family Circle, Tablet Magazine and Good Housekeeping. She is a regular columnist for Moment magazine, and for ten years, wrote "The Working Woman" column in The Ladies Home Journal.
A leader in many social justice causes, Pogrebin has served two terms as President of The Authors Guild, a national organization dedicated to the protection of writers’ copyright and contract rights; and two terms as Chair of the Board of Americans for Peace Now, an advocacy organization working to promote a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s devotion to advancing inter-group harmony inspired her to co-found several Black-Jewish dialogue groups, and two Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, one of which is still ongoing. In addition, she is a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the Free To Be Foundation; the UJA-Federation Task Force on Women, and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. She currently serves on the Director’s Advisory Council of the Harvard Divinity School Women in Religion Program, on the Boards of the Brandeis University Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Ms. Foundation for Education and Communication.
Pogrebin's honors and awards include a Yale University Poynter Fellowship in Journalism; an Emmy Award for Free to Be You and Me, and inclusion in a half dozen Who’s Whos, including Who’s Who in America. In March 2012, she received the “Making Trouble, Making History” Award from the Jewish Women’s Archive.
She lives in New York.
Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate (The Feminist Press)
Feminist icon Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s second novel follows Zach Levy, the left-leaning son of Holocaust survivors who promises his mother that he’ll marry within the tribe. But when Zach falls for Cleo Scott, an African American activist grappling with her own inherited trauma, he must reconcile the family he loves with the woman who might be his soul mate. A New York love story complicated by the legacies and modern tension of Jewish American and African American history, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate explores what happens when the heart runs into the reality of politics, history, and the weight of family promises.
How to be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick (Public Affairs)2014
Getting Over Getting Older1996
Deborah, Golda and Me1991
Free to Be . . . A Family [Consulting Editor]1987
Family Politics: Love and Power on an Intimate Frontier1983
Stories For Free Children [Editor]1983
Growing Up Free1980
Getting Yours: How to Make the System Work For the Working Woman1975
Free to Be You and Me [Consulting Editor]1972
How To Make It In A Man's World1970