Shira Telushkin is a writer, producer, and curator interested in religion, beauty, and the various ways humans create meaning. She has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and many other publications, and has written for a variety of academic and literary journals as well. Her academic background is in the doctrines of physical deification among 4th century Egyptian Christian monks, which she studied at Yale University and the Harvard Divinity School.
During her MacDowell residency, Shira made significant progress on the manuscript of her first book, which examines the ethical costs of holiness pursuits and social retreat in a world desperate for silence, self-care, and escape. She also began to draft two reported essays for magazine publication.