Goldie Goldbloom (born 3 October 1964) is an Australian novelist and short story writer. Her novel The Paperbark Shoe won the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Fiction in 2008 and was placed on the National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" list in 2018. The novel won the Literary Novel of the Year from the ForeWord Magazine (Independent Publishers) in 2011. Goldie received a Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award in 2010.
Additionally, she is an LGBT activist working on behalf of queer Orthodox Jews. She is a former board member of Eshel and is the creator of the international blog, Frum Gay Girl, where she interviews Orthodox LGBT Jews and their allies.
Early life and education
Goldbloom was born in Perth, Western Australia. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College. She is a member of the Lubavitch chassidic community. She is the mother of eight children. Her grandmother was the West Australian writer Dorrit Hunt, who was made a Life Member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers in 1988.
Goldbloom began writing fiction seriously in her forties, after the birth of her eight children, and in 2011, received the Simon Blattner Fellowship in Creative Writing and World Literature from Northwestern University, following the publication of her novel, The Paperbark Shoe. She then began teaching at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Goldbloom's work has been published in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Le Monde and Story Quarterly, among other places. In 2015, one of her stories was selected for inclusion in the Best Australian Short Stories. She was an early contributor to G-dcast, and has written for NPR. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been selected for Keep Your Wives Away From Them (Golden Crown Literary Award, 2011), Inspired Journeys and over a dozen other anthologies.
In 2011, Goldbloom was the Chicago Reader’s Jewish Writer of the Year.
In 2013, she spoke at the International Forum on the Novel, run by Villa Gillet in Lyon, France, on the subject of "Portraits and Faces: Appearance and Disfigurment". Later the same year, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing.
Her novel, Gwen, was a finalist for the Aurealis Prize in fantasy fiction, the Most Underrated Book Award and the Australian Literary Society's Gold Medal in 2018.
Goldbloom received a Brown Foundation Fellowship at Dora Maar House in Menerbes, France in 2014 and won Hunger Mountain's National Nonfiction Award in the same year. In 2016, the City of Chicago awarded her an Individual Artist Grant and in 2017, Yaddo and Ragdale selected her for artist's residencies.
- (2019) On Division
- (2017) Gwen
- (2011) You Lose These and other stories
- (2009) The Paperbark Shoe (novel) – winner of the AWP Novel Award
Awards and honours
- (1981) Jerusalem Post International Fiction Prize
- (2008) AWP Novel Award, The Paperbark Shoe
- (2011) Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, The Paperbark Shoe
- (2011) IndieFab Novel of the Year, The Paperbark Shoe
- (2014) Hunger Mountain Nonfiction Award, "The Chevra"
- (2014) National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
- (2015) Best Australian Short Story, "The Pilgrim's Way"
- (2018) Most Underrated Book Award (shortlist), Gwen
- (2018) Aurealis Prize in Fantasy Fiction (shortlist), Gwen
- (2018) Australian Literary Society Gold Medal (longlist),Gwen
- (2018) National Endowment for the Arts "Big Read" list, The Paperbark Shoe
- Great Lakes College Association. "Award for New Writers" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- A Wider Bridge, Lavender University (16 October 2013). "Lecture by Golda Goldbloom". A Wider Bridge. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
- Chicago Reader, Jerome Ludwig. "Goldie Goldbloom: Paperbark Writer". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
- National Endowment for the Arts. "Fellowship in Creative Writing" (PDF). Retrieved Dec 11, 2013.
- Official website
- Washington Post Review of The Paperbark Shoe (2011) https://articles.washingtonpost.com/2011-05-25/entertainment/35232258_1_love-story-life-story-world-war-ii.
- Chicago Tribune Interview with Goldie Goldbloom (2011) http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/books/ct-books-0430-goldie-goldbloom-20110429,0,474752.story
- ABC Radio Australia Interview with Goldbloom (2017) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/gwen:-a-fictional-biography-of-gwen-john/8486964
- "The Hairpin" Interview about LGBT Jews in the Orthodox community (2014) https://www.thehairpin.com/2014/12/love-your-neighbor-an-interview-with-goldie-goldbloom/
- NEA Interview with Goldie Goldbloom (2018) https://www.arts.gov/art-works/2018/nea-big-read-author-goldie-goldbloom-bullying-writing-bathtub-and-books