Mindy Lewis

Memoirist, Essayist, Writer at large and small

Mindy Lewis is the author of Life Inside: A Memoir (Atria Books 2002, Washington Square Press 2003), the editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits and Passions of Keeping House (Seal Press 2009), and the recipient of New Letters 2015 Dorothy Cappon Award for Best Essay. Her essays, articles and book reviews have been published in Newsweek, New York Times Book Review, Lilith, Body & Soul, Poets & Writers, Arts & Letters Journal, New Letters, Many Mountains Moving, Psychoanalytic Perspectives, and in anthologies. She teaches writing workshops at The Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y in Manhattan and has also taught at Hudson Valley Writers' Center, Brooklyn College, Poets & Writers outreach program in Kew Gardens, and as a visiting writer at SUNY and George Mason University’s MFA Program.

Portfolio

Two Tongues
Merci Skype, as Patrick would say, the software program that enables us to speak for free, any hour of the day or night. I plug in my earphones for sound so crystal clear I can...
At Home on the Church Steps
On a blustery December evening on my way to a friend's dinner party, I stopped in front of a jumbo cardboard box on the steps of the church around the corner. "Jim?" I called...
Our Little Jewish Girl
Winner New Letters 2015 Best Essay Prize / My boyfriend’s mother and I fell in love at first sight. She had stayed up late in her best dress and pearl necklace to welcome...
The Limits of Make-Believe
"I'll never let you go, Lizzie. No matter what happens to me, I'll never ever let you go." This refrain, which runs through "Without Tess," contains a dark double message about...
Mindy Lewis's Happy Family
It's One Big Happy Family season here at This Writer's Life. In celebration of the book's paperback release I have asked a number of the writers from One Big Happy Family: 18...
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American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ducts.org - Love Letters to My Father
Finally, I hold them in my hand. Five letters, hand-written on translucent onionskin paper and sealed in light blue airmail envelopes bearing red and white 8-cent U.S. Air Mail...
A Dirty Love Story
I have a French boyfriend. Ooh la la! Lucky me! We French kiss (among other things) in my rent stabilized, Upper West Side apartment where I’ve lived since 1971. In addition to...
One of the Good Guys
“Hi, KID. WANT TO MEET FOR LUNCH?” The smile on my face could be that of a teenager being asked out on a date. But it’s 2006, I’m 54 years old, and the voice on the phone...
The Hudson River School of Tashlikh
I am in the habit of cycling down to the Boat Basin after work every day to revive my spirits; descending from the noise of the city to the peace of twilight by the river. I...

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