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Judith Nies is the author of four nonfiction books. She has worked as a journalist, teacher, historian, researcher, and speechwriter. Unreal City was selected by Amazon as one of the Best 100 Books of 2014. Her widely reviewed memoir The Girl I Left Behind: A Personal Histoyr of the 1960s was published in June 2008 by Harper Collins and as a paperback in 2009.
Her books include: Nine Women: Portraits from the American Radical Tradition, which has been in print for over thirty years (UCal Press, 2002, first published as Seven Women, Viking Penguin, 1977), and Native American History (Ballantine, 1996) winner of the Phi Alpha Theta award in international history. Her essays and reviews have been published in The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Progressive, American Voice, Orion. Her essay "The Black Mesa Syndrome: Indian Lands, Black Gold" was a finalist for the John Oaks Award in Distinguished Environmental Journalism and is included in the anthology The Future of Nature (Milkweed Press 2008) edited by Barry Lopez.
Awards include a Black Mountain Institute/Kluge Scholars award, fellowship at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio grant, Ludvig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and residences at MacDowell, Mesa Refuge, and Yaddo artists colonies. She teaches nonfiction writing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design; she is a member of PEN America. She grew up in Swampscott, Massachusetts and her permanent residence is in Cambridge.