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Shoshana Akabas is a New York-based writer and teacher. She earned a BA  in English and organic chemistry from Penn and holds an MFA in fiction and literary translation from Columbia University, where she has taught creative writing and composition. 

 

She's received artist fellowships from Jentel Foundation and Gladstone's Library, as well as a reporting grant from National Geographic Foundation. Her writing has been featured in Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, The Kenyon Review, The Believer, Electric Literature, and American Short Fiction

She also serves as the founder and Executive Director of New Neighbors Partnership, a New York-based non-profit that helps newly arrived refugees connect to local community resources.