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Nina Shengold writes fiction, plays, screenplays, and magazine
features. She won the Writers Guild Award and a GLAAD Award nomination
for her teleplay Labor of Love, starring Marcia Gay Harden. Other TV
credits include Blind Spot, with Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney, and
SHINE Award winner Unwed Father.
Her novel Clearcut, published by Anchor Books in 2005, has been
optioned for film by Screen Sirens, an independent productions company
based in Vancouver, Canada. As "Maya Gold," she created the
new Scholastic series Cinderella Cleaners and wrote the posthumous
sequel Harriet the Spy, Double Agent.
Shengold’s play Homesteaders premiered at Albany’s Capital Rep
and won the ABC Playwright Award and the L.A. Weekly Award for its Long
Wharf and Matrix Theatre productions. Her one-acts, including No
Shoulder (recently filmed with Melissa Leo), Lush Life, Lives of the
Great Waitresses, Finger Food, Emotional Baggage and others, have been
produced in New York and throughout the country. Her plays have been
published by Samuel French, Broadway Play Publishing and Playscripts
Inc. With Eric Lane, Shengold has edited eight theatre anthologies for
Vintage and four for Viking Penguin.
Shengold is Books Editor at Chronogram, a Hudson Valley arts and
culture monthly. Her stories and essays have also appeared in Poets
& Writers, Out Traveler, Lifetime, New Woman, Living Fit, Prima
Materia, Upstate House, The Woodstock Times and other publications.
After graduating from Wesleyan University, Shengold moved to the
Pacific Northwest, where she worked for the Young Adult Conservation
Corps in the Olympic and Tongass National Forests, planted trees with
Olympic Reforestation Inc. and crewed on a salmon troller in southeast
Alaska. She now lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York with
her teenage daughter.