Simone Zelitch five award-winning novels range in subject matter from a medieval peasant revolt to Mississippi's 1964 Freedom Summer to Jewish history and legend (both real and imagined). Research for her alternative history novel Judenstaat (Tor Boos, 2016/PM Press, 2020) has led her to study Yiddish in Lithuania, as well as to travel to former East Germany and Israel, where she studied how history was presented and erased in monuments and museums across both countries. She has moderated panels at Philcon and elsewhere on "Alternative History in the Age Alternative Facts", "Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin," and "Jewish Science Fiction."
Zelitch's genre-bending work has been praised by Ursula K. Le Guin, Cory Doctorow, and David Hartwell. A winner of the National Endowment of Arts Grant in Fiction, she has taught English at the Community College of Philadelphia for the past twenty years, where she established their creative writing program and English degree. Her novels have been taught at colleges throughout the country—most notably at the University of Miami, where Moses in Sinai (Black Heron Press, 2002) was included in the course Bad Jews. She is currently working on an adaptation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, set in the near future in an upscale nursing home. She writes in the summer, mostly. You can find out more about the author and her work at simonezelitch.com.