Goldie Goldbloom was born in Western Australia but currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with her eight children and her cat. She has a thing for lying on her back and watching the sky in winter. She also likes to walk barefoot in mud.
In her spare time, she writes the blog Frum Gay Girl, a series of interviews with Orthodox LGBT Jews.
Goldie Goldbloom has been teaching creative writing at Northwestern University since 2011,when she was a Simon Blattner Fellow, and she currently teaches in the MFA program. In 2013, she was placed on the Northwestern University Associated Student Government’s Honor Roll for excellence in teaching. Goldbloom was awarded a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship.
She has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including a Warren Wilson scholarship, an Elizabeth George Grant, and three nominations as a Bread Loaf Fellow. She won the Jerusalem Post International Fiction Prize.
Her short fiction has appeared in TriQuarterly (forthcoming), Narrative Magazine, StoryQuarterly, Word Riot and Prairie Schooner, and was anthologized in The Kid on the Karaoke Stage, Sunscreen and Lipstick, Windy City Queer and The Novelists’ Lexicon (Villa Gillet).
Her collection of short stories, You Lose These and other stories, was published by Fremantle Press In Australia.
Her non-fiction was anthologized in the groundbreakingKeep Your Wives Away from Them: Orthodox Women, Unorthodox Desires, as well as in The Who, the What and the When (Chronicle Books). She has written for NPR, Postcard Memoirs and for G-dcast. In France, she wrote for Le Monde.
Her novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won both the AWP Novel Award (2008) and the Great Lakes College Association’s New Writer’s Award (2011). It won the Literary Novel of the year from Foreword Magazine (Independent Publishers’ Association). It is published by Picador in the US and UK, and has appeared in French translation.
She is an internationally respected speaker, having presented at such venues as the International Forum on the Novel (Lyon, France, 2013), Lavender University (Chicago, IL 2013), Printers’ Row (Chicago, IL 2011), Washington Jewish Book Festival (Washington, DC, 2011), AWP Conference (Chicago and Denver), and Perth Writers’ Festival (Western Australia, 2010). She was the keynote speaker at the Northwestern University Summer Writers Conference (2013) and the Hadassah Memorial Women’s Lecture (2012). The complete list of Goldie’s speaking engagements is available on request.