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.

United States of America


Arts & Letters Journal

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...

Mr. Beller's Neighborhood

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...

New Letters

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...

Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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...


American Icons: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

My voice is included in Studio 360's radio documentary about Ken Kesey's classic novel.


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...


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...


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...

Many Mountains Moving

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...