Patricia Averbach’s first novel, Painting Bridges (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) was described by Michelle Ross, critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, as “an intelligent, introspective and moving novel.” Her poetry chapbook, Missing Persons (Ward Wood Publishing, 2013) received the London based Lumen/Camden prize in 2013 and was listed by Times of London Literary Supplement (November 14, 2014) as one of the best short collections of the year.

Previous work includes a memoir about her short career as Anzia Yezierska’s sixteen year old literary assistant and an article about the Jewish community in a virtual world called, Second Life.  Her work has appeared in Lilith Magazine, Margie, The Muse, and Blue Angel Landing.  She is currently seeking representation for her second novel, New Moon Rising, the story of a woman who has to lose everything before she can find herself. A native Clevelander, she summers in Chautauqua, New York where she is the former director of the Chautauqua Writers Center.