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Sarah Schulman

Sarah Schulman is a playwright novelist, nonfiction writer, screenwriter, journalist and AIDS historian. Her plays include: CARSON McCULLERS – (Sundance/Playwrights Horizons -2002) MANIC FLIGHT REACTION (NY Stage and Film/Playwrights Horizons-2005) ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY, adapted from IB Singer (Wilma Theater-2007). And play workshops, commissions, readings at: South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, ART, New York Theater Workshop, The Roundabout, The Vineyard, Cleveland Playhouse, The Public Theater.

Her eleven novels :  MAGGIE TERRY  (forthcoming in Fall 2018) THE COSMOPOLITANS (The Feminist Press, 2016), THE MERE FUTURE (2009), THE CHILD (2007), SHIMMER (1998), RAT BOHEMIA (1995), EMPATHY (1992), PEOPLE IN TROUBLE (1990), AFTER DELORES (1988), GIRLS, VISIONS AND EVERYTHING (1986), THE SOPHIE HOROWITZ STORY (1984) and five nonfiction books :CONFLICT IS NOT ABUSE: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and The Duty of Repair (2016)  ISRAEL/PALESTINE AND THE QUEER INTERNATIONAL (2012). THE GENTRIFICATION OF THE MIND: Witness to a Lost Imagination  (2012), TIES THAT BIND: FAMILIAL HOMOPHOBIA AND ITS CONSEQUENCES (2010) STAGESTRUCK: Theater, AIDS, and the Marketing of Gay America (1998) MY AMERICAN HISTORY: Lesbian and Gay Life During the Reagan/Bush Years (1995)

In film Sarah has collaborated as a screenwriter w/ film director Cheryl Dunye on THE OWLS, (2010 Berlin Film Festival,) MOMMY IS COMING, (Berlinale 2012,) w/ director Stephen Winter on JASON AND SHIRLEY, (Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMfest ’15,) w/ director Jim Hubbard on UNITED IN ANGER: A History of ACT UP, (Museum of Modern Art.) With Jim Hubbard, she is co-founder of the MIX: NY LGBT Experimental Film and Festival, and The ACT UP Oral History Project.

Awards include a Guggenheim (Playwrighting), Fulbright (Judaic Studies), Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies, 3 NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (Playwrighting and Fiction) 2 American Library Association Book Awards (Fiction and Nonfiction) and a finalist for the Prix de Rome. Sarah is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, a Fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, Faculty Advisor to Students for Justice in Palestine, and on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace.

Cover of “Conflict Is Not Abuse” by Sarah Schulman
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  1. […] Sarah Schulman is presently collaborating with Marianne Faithfull on a musical play using 24 of Faithful’s songs to create an adult fairy tale. The play itself will have a cast of six with a live rock band and will recount moments from Faithfull’s life and career. Schulman has two recent books, The Cosmopolitans, a novel about 1950s New York, and a work of nonfiction titled Conflict is Not Abuse. Her upcoming book reads like a detective novel but is based on her experience teaching on Staten Island where many students came from law enforcement families or were themselves planning to go into law enforcement. The book takes an accessible approach to a very difficult topic, namely the perspective of the law enforcement community during turbulent times. Schulman’s conversations with students, colleagues, and others have revealed to her that often people are unable to see their individual role within the societal structure. She sheds light on a complex issue that often impacts the local, state, and national political environments. […]


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