Judy Blume

How a critically acclaimed author has been a victim of censorship.

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In light of her own experiences, Blume fights actively against censorship, serving as the spokesperson for the National Coalition against Censorship. In 1999 she published Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers.

Judy Blume has received countless state and local awards for her books, as well as the International Reading Association Children’s Choice Award (1981), an American Book Award nomination for Tiger Eyes (1983), the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and Children’s Choice Award—Favorite Author (1983), and the Margaret A. Edwards Award (1996).

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Amy Gottlieb

Amy Gottlieb's short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in Lilith, Forward, Puerto del Sol, Nashim, Zeek, PresenTense, and elsewhere. She was a recent Arts Fellow at the Drisha Institute and received a 2008 BRIO award for poetry from Bronx Council on the Arts.