Laura Schleifer created the word 'artivist' to describe her vocation as an artist-activist. A pro-intersectional veganarchist-eco-socialist writer, theater artist and educator, her work has spanned the globe, from the Middle East, where she performed for Palestinian and Iraqi children on a theater/circus tour, to China, where she taught literature, psychology, history, and creative writing to US and UK-college bound Chinese students, to Nicaragua, where she taught English/drama in a rural village, to performing her songs and monologues off-Broadway and arts mentoring NYC homeless and at-risk youth. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama/Dramatic Writing, her original feature screenplay, The Feral Child, was a Sundance Screenwriters Lab finalist. She has also taught courses on the history of Israel and Palestine and on Utopian movements at Wesleyan University's Green Street Arts Center and was a contributing essayist with The Leftist Review. She is currently working on her first book, which deals with animal rights psychology and philosophy, for Vegan Publishers, and is the co-founder of a vegan food justice team in Gaza called the Plant the Land team, which buys and distributes vegan food, plants food forests, and raises money to purchase land for communities to communally grow food on. She also speaks on a variety of subjects relating to the interconnections between human, animal, and earth liberation.
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.