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Edie Emanuela Meidav, American Writer, educator. Avocations: languages, African and Indian dances. F C. Fellow Cummington Cmty., MacDowell Colony.


Meidav, Edie Emanuela was born on January 18, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Came to the United States, 1967. Daughter of Henryk Tsvi and Mae (Ziglin) Meidav.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1988;Master of Fine Arts, Mills College, 1993;certified sight and sound film directing, New York University, 1995.


Her fiction, poetry, and criticism have appeared in Writing on Air (MIT Press), On Globalization (MIT Press), Now Write! Fiction Writing Exercises from Today's Best Teachers and Writers (Penguin, 2006), and other anthologies, and in Village Voice, Conjunctions, The American Voice, Ms., The Kenyon Review, The Chattahoochee Review. She is the former director of the Writing and Consciousness Program, New College of California, San Francisco, and taught at New School for Social Research, New York City. Now she is in residence at Bard College, in upstate New York.

She has two daughters. Edie Meidav is a student of human bewilderment. In her first novel—about an American called Henry Gould trying to establish a utopian community in the British colony of Ceylon—she's woven the blundering figure of a holy fool into a bristling tapestry of local life.

The Far Field is historical fiction without a shred of nostalgia, and even its sometimes predictable plot is finally justified by Meidav's scarifying emotional honesty and visceral sense of place. But while Meidav's lens is panoramic, she manages to keep her focus human in scale, providing her readers with a virtual novelistic treatise on the colonial experience, articulated in the accumulated tiny, believable details of her characters' daily lives.


  • Lannan Literary Fellowship (2007)Bard Fiction Prize (2005). (2006– )Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for best novel by an American Woman 2001Los Angeles Times Best Books of 2001Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2006.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Highway 5, 1999, Crawl Space, 1999 (screenplay) Life Coach, 1998. Editor: Tamil Language Policy, 1995. Contributor art reviews, fiction and poetry to various publications.


Fellow Cummington Community, MacDowell Colony, Fundacion Valparaiso.


  • Other Interests

    African and sri lankan dance.


Henryk Tsvi Meidav

Mae (Ziglin) Meidav