Hello, there. My name is Mira and I love books. I’m a Brooklyn-based creative nonfiction and children’s book author, New York Times bestselling ghostwriter, as well as the founder and executive director of Freerange Nonfiction, a New York City reading series and storytelling collective. My compositions have appeared or are forthcoming in New York Magazine, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Guernica, The Morning News, Smith Magazine, Anderbo, Nerve.com, Cerise Press, Epiphany Literary Magazine, CommonDreams.org, and more. I’m currently at work on a memoir about the Uterus and the American Dream, as well as a collection of children’s books.
I was born and raised by two freerange-thinking parents in Battle Creek, a small city in the southwestern part of the Michigan mitten where a certain Dr. John Harvey Kellogg invented cornflakes. After Michigan, I embarked on a dig in Mongolia to pursue archaeology, but soon learned that I’d much rather write about the living than the dead. After Mongolia, I headed to Maine to study at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where I produced and published “Working for the Living”, a written documentary about the life of family-run funeral homes.
I earned my Masters of Fine Arts in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and I’m the former editor-at-large of their literary magazine, LUMINA. I’ve led creative writing workshops at the Valhalla Women’s Correctional Facility, was a writer-in-residence at the Bronx Academy of Letters, served as guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College’s Summer Writers Seminar for adults, and currently teach writing atCUNY-York College in Jamaica, Queens. I live in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with my husband Andrew Jackson (like the president, yes,) and our two dogs, Maybe and Huckleberry. Also, I’m a vegetarian.