Multimedia Writer, Oakland
from: 15.09.2018 to: 15.10.2018
Leora Fridman is a writer, poet, editor, ritualist, and educator, based in Oakland in CA and the San Francisco Bay Area.
September 2018, Fridman worked in Berlin, taking part in SomoS’ Visiting Researchers Residency, focusing on the research and writing about the topics around the legacy of ruin. Through her essays and engaging performances, she tries to investigate what it takes to rejoice from the trauma that people possess from different experiences. Berlin was inspiring location for her research, in terms of its relationship between historical background and re-invention, as well as the artistic environment regardless of its historical trauma.
Fridman holds BA in Literary Arts as a honors student from Brown University, and MFA in Poetry from University of Massachusetts in the US.
Selected reviews, interviews and essays include: On Saying(Essay), The Millions Forthcoming 2018, Haven’t worked out the particulars…(review), Jacket2 2017, Leora Fridman on Individual and Collective Fantasies Becoming One Thing (interview), Litseen 2016.
Fridman has performed numerous public readings and invited talks and ceremonies. She has teaching experience for graduates and undergraduates at Mount Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts, and Brown University Writing Fellows. As well as adult educations for The Writing Salon in San Francisco, Left Margin Lit in Berkeley, Creative Writing Retreats on the Russian River in Monte Rio. Her teaching topics range from writing of Pain, Illness & Trauma, to Introduction to Creative Writing and Poetry Writing.
She is active as co-curator for a series of conversation Let’s Talk, hosted by ProArts Gallery since 2017 in Oakland. Additionally, she was an editor for Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer, between 2013-2016.
Fridman’s work was presented at “Ourkea” in the exhibition Signification at A1labarts, Knoxville TN, September 2016.