Naomi Benaron's debut novel, RUNNING THE RIFT, is the winner of the 2010 Bellwether prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Before she lost her mind and decided to devote her life to writing, she worked for many years as a geophysicist and seismologist. She has lived on a sailboat, worked on a Kibbutz, and traveled extensively. She works with Afghan Women through the Afghan Women's Writing Project, an online space where the women of Afghanistan can write in safety and freedom.
Her passion in writing revolves around issues of social justice. Her short story collection, Love Letters from a Fat Man, won the 2006 Sharat Chandra Prize for fiction. Her Bellwether Prize novel, about a young Tutsi boy growing up in the years leading up to the genocide in Rwanda, is published by Algonquin Books.
Her dog Scout is a published poet. Her dog JillyRoo is happy just to be a dog.
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