Letty Cottin Pogrebin is a writer, activist, and national lecturer.
A founding editor of Ms. magazine, she is the author of eleven books, among them two novels — Single Jewish Male Seeking Soul Mate and Three Daughters –as well as the guidebook, How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick, and two acclaimed memoirs, Getting Over Getting Older, and Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America.
She won an Emmy Award for her work as Consulting Editor on Free to Be, You & Me, Marlo Thomas’ ground-breaking children’s record, book and TV special.
Pogrebin has published hundreds of articles and op-eds in such publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Huffington Post, the L.A. Times, and The Nation. Her work also appears in Jewish periodicals like Tablet, Haaretz, the Forward, and Tikkun, and she has been a regular columnist for Moment magazine for nearly 30 years.
A leader in numerous civic and social justice causes, she served two terms as President of The Authors Guild, a national organization dedicated to the protection of writers’ copyright and contract rights; and two terms as Chair of the Board of Americans for Peace Now, an advocacy organization working to promote a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s devotion to advancing equality and intergroup harmony inspired her to co-found several Black-Jewish dialogue groups, and Jewish-Palestinian dialogue groups, one of which is still ongoing after eight years. She was also a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the UJA-Federation Task Force on Women, and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. Currently, she serves on the Boards of the Harvard Divinity School Women in Religion Program; the Brandeis University Women’s and Gender Studies Program; and the Free to Be Foundation.
Her many honors include a Yale University Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, a Brandeis University Alumni Achievement award, and inclusion in Who’s Who in America. She lives in New York with her husband, Bert, a lawyer.