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Judy Goldman is the author of two novels, The Slow Way Back and Early Leaving. The Slow Way Back won the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award, the Mary Ruffin Poole Award for Best First Work of Fiction, and was a finalist for the Southeast Booksellers Association's Novel of the Year. Early Leaving was called "masterfully written and fast-paced... highly recommended" by Library Journal. Judy is also the author of two books of poetry. Her second poetry collection won the Gerald Cable Prize, Roanoke-Chowan Prize, Zoe Kincaid Brockman Prize, and Oscar Arnold Young Prize. Her poems have been published in Southern Review, Ohio Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, and Shenandoah. Her book reviews have appeared in The Washington Post and The Charlotte Observer, and her commentaries have aired on public radio. She recently was awarded North Carolina's Fortner Writer and Community Award for "outstanding generosity to other writers and the larger community."

Born and raised in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Judy lives with her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two married children and three granddaughters.


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