Gwen Strauss is an award-winning author and poet, whose titles include The Nine, Trail of Stones, The Night Shimmy, Ruth and the Green Book, and The Hiding Game. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in numerous places including The New Republic, New England Review, Kenyon Review, London Sunday Times and Catapult. Her forthcoming adult non-fiction book, The Nine will was released in 2021 and is currently in development for a TV series. She lives in Southern France where she works as the Director of the Dora Maar House, an artist residency program.
The Nine follows the true story of my great aunt Helene Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labour camp and made a ten-day journey across the front lines of WWII.