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Sarah Schulman is a novelist, nonfiction writer, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and AIDS historian. She is the author of 18 books, most recently the novel The Cosmopolitans (The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2016), which Publisher's Weekly called one of the “20 best American novels of 2016.” Her book Conflict is not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016), was called "awesome brilliance" by bell hooks and is the winner of the 2017 Publishing Triangle Award. “Her writing constantly intervenes, but always seeks to initiate new discussions rather than joining old ones. Schulman’s is a literary-activist practice of remarkable elasticity: she continually demands a new world through creative engagement, and fills in the gaps as she goes,” describes Josephine Livingstone of the Guardian.
Schulman is co-founder of MIX: NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival which is now in its 30th season. Schulman was a longstanding member of the advocacy group ACT UP and more recently co-founded the ACT UP Oral History Project along with co-producing the film United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. She is on the advisory board of Claudia Rankine's Racial Imaginary Institute, as well as the Jewish Voice for Peace. Schulman is currently a Distinguished Professor at the College of Staten Island where she is also a faculty advisor of Students for Justice in Palestine. Schulman has received numerous honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting, a Fulbright in Judaic Studies, and the Kessler Prize for Sustained Contribution to LGBT Studies.