Gayle Brandeis

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Gayle Brandeis
Born (1968-04-14) April 14, 1968 (age 48)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Novelist, poet, essayist
Nationality American
Period 1990–present
Genre Historical fiction, literary fiction
Subject Social justice, feminism, environmentalism
Notable works The Book of Dead Birds
Spouse Matt McGunigle (1990–2008)
Michael Brandeis (2009–present)
Children Arin

Gayle Brandeis (born April 14, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois) is the author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write (HarperOne), Dictionary Poems (Pudding House Publications), the novels The Book of Dead Birds (HarperCollins), which won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change,[1] Self Storage (Ballantine) and Delta Girls (Ballantine), and her first novel for young readers, My Life with the Lincolns (Holt).[2]

Gayle's poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies (such as, The Nation, and The Mississippi Review) and have received several awards, including the QPB/Story Magazine Short Story Award, a Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award,[3] and a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her essay on the meaning of liberty was one of three included in the Statue of Liberty’s Centennial time capsule in 1986, when she was 18. In 2004, Writer Magazine honored Gayle with a Writer Who Makes a Difference Award.

Gayle holds a BA from the University of Redlands, and an MFA in Creative Writing/Fiction from Antioch University.[4] She has taught at universities, libraries, community centers and writing conferences around the country, is on the national staff of the women's peace organization CODEPINK, and is a founding member of the Women Creating Peace Collective.[5]


  • Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council, 2008
  • Breakout Book, Target's Bookmarked Program (February, 2008, paperback release of Self Storage)
  • Special Mention, Pushcart Prize, 2007
  • Arts Honoree, City of Riverside, 2007
  • Nomination,Pushcart Prize, Amazon Shorts, 2006
  • Notable Story of 2005, Million Writers Short Story Award, 2006
  • Honorable Mention, Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Competition, 2006
  • Keynote Speaker, Conference on Gender and Culture, Oregon State U., 2006
  • Writer Who Makes a Difference Award, The Writer Magazine, 2004
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination, The Vestal Review, 2004
  • Keynote Speaker, National Association for Women Writers Conference, 2004
  • Notable Book, Kirayama Pacific Rim Book Prize, The Book of Dead Birds, 2004
  • BookSense selection, American Booksellers Association, The Book of Dead Birds, 2003
  • Bellwether Prize for Fiction in Support of a Literature of Social Change, The Book of Dead Birds, 2002
  • BookSense selection, American Booksellers Association, Fruitflesh, 2002
  • Second Place, 24-Hour Short Story Contest, Writers Weekly, 2002
  • Graduation Speaker, Antioch University, 2001.
  • First Place, Inscriptions Force of Nature Poetry Contest, 2001.
  • Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, 1999.
  • Winner, Art on the Air/Inventing the Invisible “Vision” Poetry Award, 1999.
  • Winner, 1998 Quality Paperback Book Club/Story Magazine Short Story Award.
  • Finalist, Icarus Poetry Competition, 1998.
  • Finalist, Flash Fiction Competition, 1998.
  • Finalist, Shenango Rivers Press Prose Chapbook Competition, 1998.
  • Editor's Choice Award in Fiction, Scarlet Apple Enterprises, 1997.
  • Second Place, The Empty Shelf Fiction Contest, 1997.
  • Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award, sponsored by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 1996.
  • Grand Prize, "Mini Plays" play writing contest sponsored by Lake Arrowhead Performing Arts Company, 1995.
  • First Place, "Poetry in Motion" contest sponsored by Chaparral Poets, 1993.
  • PEN American Center Grant, 1993.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1990.


Gayle Brandeis' major published works are:


Gayle Brandeis' work has appeared in the following Anthologies:


Gayle Brandeis' work has appeared in the following Publications:


  1. ^ The Bellwether Prize 2002 Press release
  2. ^ "Gayle Brandeis Bio". Official Website. 
  3. ^ "Waging Peace Award Page". Official Website. 
  4. ^ "Antioch LA Faculty Directory". Official Website. 
  5. ^ "WCP Herstory". Official Website. 

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