Sally Wiener Grotta is a full-time award-winning freelance writer, photographer and speaker. Among her numerous books are the novels The Winter Boy (on Locus Magazine’s 2015 Recommended Reading List) and Jo Joe (selected as a Jewish Book Council Network book). Her short story “One Widow’s Healing” was a winner of the 2019 Health Odyssey award. Her hundreds of stories, columns, essays, and reviews have appeared in scores of magazines, newspapers and journals, such as American Heritage, Popular Science, North Atlantic Review, When Women Awaken, Islands, The Robb Report, PC Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Woman's Day, Extreme Tech, Parade, and many others. Her current fine art photography project American Hands, for which she is creating narrative portraits of traditional tradespeople, has received more than three dozen grants, and the exhibits have been seen by over a quarter million people.

Sally has traveled on assignment throughout the world to all the continents (including three trips to Antarctica), plus many islands (such as Papua New Guinea and Madagascar), covering a wide diversity of cultures and traditions. Her far-ranging experiences flavor her stories and presentations with a sense of wonder and otherliness, plus a healthy dose of common sense. A popular speaker who has appeared in venues large and small throughout North America, as well as on radio and TV, Sally has a reputation for stimulating energetic, meaningful discussions about storytelling, the business of writing, photography and how to use creativity to build bridges in our increasingly divisive society. A member of SFWA and the Authors Guild, Sally is co-curator for the Galactic Philadelphia SF&F author reading series and co-chair of the Authors Guild's Philadelphia Area Chapter. Connect with Sally at, and Twitter: @SallyWGrotta.