I’m a writer, performer, and speaker whose work focuses on resilience and healthy sexuality. My writing appears in The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post and other periodicals in the U.S. and abroad. I’ve also been published in seven book anthologies. For a big part of my career, I wrote and starred in one-person plays (I created seven of these). I presented these pieces Off-Broadway, internationally, and across the U.S. Venues include The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Kennedy Center, and the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum. As an extension of my art practice, I’ve has spent the last 20 years engaged in trauma recovery using performance and storytelling. I’ve worked with teens from Bosnia, wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan (Walter Reed Army Medical Center); female military veterans (Omega Institute); and survivors of sexual assault (DC Rape Crisis Center). Grants include a Playwriting Fellowship from Brown University, Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, an Open Society Fund grant (Soros Foundation), a Tennessee Williams Fellowship, and three Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. I hold a B.A. in Theatre from Brooklyn College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University, where I studied with Pulitzer Prize winners Paula Vogel and Nilo Cruz. I live in Washington, DC with my husband Kurt. For more info, visit my main website LauraZam.com.
Here’s a picture of me wearing a recyclable bag, for no apparent reason.
Both these photos, BTW, are by a fabulous photographer, Gediyon Kifle.