Discipline: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Discipline: Literature – fiction, Literature – nonfiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1980, 1989, 1995, 2000

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is an author, activist, and national lecturer.

A founding editor and writer for Ms. Magazine, Pogrebin is also the author of 11 books, among them two memoirs – Getting Over Getting Older, and Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America, and the novel Three Daughters. She recently published How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick. Her latest novel, Single Jewish Male Seeking Soulmate, was published in 2015.

She is also the editor of the anthology, Stories for Free Children, and was the consulting editor on Free to Be... You and Me, Marlo Thomas’ ground-breaking children's book, record and television special.

Besides her 20-year affiliation with Ms., Pogrebin has published articles and op-eds in The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, L.A. Times, Toronto Star, The Nation, Harpers Bazaar, Travel & Leisure, Family Circle, and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. She is a regular columnist for Moment Magazine, and for 10 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.

Pogrebin's honors include a Yale University Poynter Fellowship in Journalism; an Emmy Award for Free to Be... You and Me, inclusion in Who’s Who in America, and dozens of awards and commendations from a variety of organizations and educational institutions in the U.S.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a graduate of Brandeis University and lives in New York.

Portrait by Mike Lovett



Letty Cottin Pogrebin worked in the Barnard studio.

Originally built near MacDowell's Union Street entrance, the Barnard Studio — which was funded by Barnard College music students — was re-located to its current site in 1910. When the small structure was moved, its size was doubled with the addition of a second room. This remodeling, financed by Mrs. Thomas E. Emery of Cincinnati…

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