Judith Podell is a fiction writer, book critic and lapsed lawyer. Her earliest publication, a feminist satire of the popular pornographic movie "Deep Throat," appeared in the Village Voice in 1973. Since then her publications have include Mademoiselle, The New Guard Review, WordWrights, The Crescent Review and The Washington Post. An excerpt from Blues for Beginners was selected for the 2002 edition of Mirth of a Nation: The Best Contemporary Humor. The title story was nominated for a Pushcart Press Prize. She regularly reviews non-fiction for Publisher’s Weekly and is a member of National Book Critics Circle.
Judith received an MFA from Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine. She has been awarded fellowships from MacDowell, Ragdale Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the District of Columbia Commission on Arts and Humanities. She regularly reviews non-fiction for Publisher’s Weekly and is a member of National Book Critics Circle.
She lives in Washington, DC with writer Larry Specht and the mandatory two cats.
In this deftly written collection,Judith Podell’s bluesy stories about life, love and loss would be heartbreaking if they weren't so funny. Whether she’s writing about Greenwich Village or Washington,DC, group therapy, magic brownies or sex in a fallout shelter -- Podell recreates a time when first jobs, like first loves, weren’t how we were going spend the rest of our lives.