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.
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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 Gallery 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.