About Miriam

Miriam Seidel photoThe short ver­sion:

Miri­am Sei­del is a writer, cura­tor, libret­tist, and long­time sci-fi fan. Her nov­el, The Speed of Clouds, will be pub­lished by New Door Books in April 2018. She wrote the libret­to for an opera about the vision­ary inven­tor Niko­la Tes­la, per­formed in Bel­grade, New York, and Philadel­phia, and a sci-fi radio play for New Amer­i­can Radio. She’s writ­ten about visu­al arts and per­for­mance for Art in Amer­i­ca, the Philadel­phia Inquir­er, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions, and her writ­ing has won fel­low­ships from the Penn­syl­va­nia Coun­cil on the Arts.

The longer ver­sion:

Miri­am Seidel’s writ­ing has been fed by her back­ground in visu­al art, music and dance, lead­ing to a range of projects from opera libret­tos to fic­tion and arts writ­ing.

Her short fic­tion has appeared in numer­ous lit­er­ary mag­a­zines. Her dra­mat­ic writ­ing includes the libret­to for the opera Vio­let Fire, about the inven­tor Niko­la Tes­la, with score by Jon Gib­son, and the libret­to for the opera Judg­ment of Midas, devel­oped by Amer­i­can Opera Projects, with score by Kam­ran Ince. Vio­let Fire was per­formed in Bel­grade, New York and Philadel­phia, and Judg­ment of Midas had its con­cert pre­miere in Mil­wau­kee, in a pro­duc­tion by Present Music with the Mil­wau­kee Opera The­ater.

She’s writ­ten exten­sive­ly on visu­al art and dance for jour­nals includ­ing Art in Amer­i­ca (as cor­re­spond­ing edi­tor), the Philadel­phia Inquir­er, and Dance Mag­a­zine, and has writ­ten many cat­a­logue essays for artists. She has also worked as a cura­tor, both at the Ger­sh­man Y Gal­leries in Philadel­phia, and inde­pen­dent­ly, and she does writ­ing, edit­ing, and graph­ic design for indi­vid­ual clients and orga­ni­za­tions.

Miri­am lives in the Philadel­phia area with her hus­band Steve.

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