Judith's road to becoming a writer began with a paintbrush that transformed into a film camera and came to rest on a Smith Corona typewriter.
Along the way, she made a film on the feminist artist Judy Chicago, wrote journalism for the L.A. Weekly, L.A. Times, Family Circle and Mademoiselle, and worked at endless day-jobs, including as a secretary at the original World Trade Center, and an English teacher at the United Nations.
As a writer, she is inspired by stories from her own life as well as more fictional material. She believes that all important work derives from the two or three inner narratives we are compelled to tell. Sometimes they come out as memoir or autobiographical fiction; sometimes they can only find release through great leaps of imagination.
Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, including The Alaska Quarterly, Other Voices, Creative Nonfiction, and The Southern Humanities Review. Most recently she was awarded the 2012 Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award for the best story to appear in that journal, and the 2013 Fiction Prize by the Tiferet Journal. Her novella "Women Bathing" about a young woman artist in late 19th century Paris, is scheduled for publication in Winter 2014.
Judith is a member of the Southern California Alumnae Concil for Hedgebrook, the foremost retreat for women writers in the United States. She holds an MFA in Filmmaking from UCLA, an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and an MA in Education from Columbia University.