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Naomi Benaron earned an MFA from Antioch University and an MS in earth sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She teaches for UCLA Writers’ Program and is a mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. An advocate for African refugees in her community, she has worked extensively with genocide survivors. Her novel Running the Rift won the 2010 Bellwether Prize for a work addressing issues of social justice. She is also an Ironman triathlete.
Naomi starts to think about the book that's forming in her future, where the words originate and how to bring them to the page: "I...
Naomi takes us with her on her 2nd book tour, where she collects metaphorical seashells and a real sense of peace: "In the next bu...
Naomi discusses "white space"—the quiet, meaning-laden place between the words: "It is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects...
Naomi shares her thoughts about giving voice to the unspeakable through literature: "Whether giving voice to the unspeakable or si...
Naomi talks about loss, what it means to the writer and working towards being able to write it: "I could inscribe the pain onto th...
Naomi examines truth in all its shades of gray and offers the writer a view of the spectrum of fictive truth: "I’m going to star...
Naomi Benaron reads from her novel Running the Rift, discusses her inspiration for the book and her relationship with Rwanda.
Naomi Benaron shares the Afghan Women's Writing Project, where: To Tell One’s Story Is A Human Right.
Naomi thinks about locating the language of life, especially the most elusive: "And so, I will hold each moment that remains, catc...
Naomi challenges the oft-uttered writing adage write what you know: "I want to write about places I have never been, events I have...
Naomi thinks about the parallels between reading and writing connections: "I think it has to do with the word 'drive...It is a str...
Book-Tour: a verb meaning to live in airports, airplanes and hotels while whisking about the country, drinking in gulps of country...
Join us in welcoming Bellwether Prize winning writer Naomi Benaron as The Writer’s Life’s newest regular contributor. "I would...