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Roberta Kalechofsky, Ph.D.
Author, Speaker & Lecturer

Available for the Following:

  • Vegetarianism
  • Jewish Vegetarianism:
    Discussion and/or Workshops for Students or Adults
  • Animal Rights
  • Animal Research and Human Experimentation
  • Animal Rights and Feminism
  • Independent Publishing
  • Readings from Her Fiction
Roberta Kalechofsky is the author of seven works of fiction, a monograph on George Orwell, poetry and two collections of essays. She has been published in quarterlies, reviews and anthologies, and was the recipient of Literary Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts.

Several of her stories, and two novellas, La Hoya and Stephen's Passion, have been translated into Italian and published in Italy. La Hoya received excellent reviews in major publications, such as Corriere Della Sera., and was included in a college curriculum in Italy under the title, Veduta di Toledo.. Stephen's Passion has also been included in a college curriculum in courses in American Fiction in the University of Florence, under the title, La Passione Di Stephen. Her novel, Bodmin, 1349: An Epic Novel of Christians and Jews in the Plague Years, was included twice in a college curriculum in the United States.

She began Micah Publications in 1975 and has received publishing grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, in addition to her literary fellowships. As a publisher, she created The Echad Series, which includes five anthologies of Jewish writing from around the world, and has published 40 different titles in poetry, fiction, scholarship, vegetarianism and animal rights. She is active in the animal rights and vegetarian movements and began the organization, Jews for Animal Rights, in 1985, and coordinates publishing projects with this organization.

She has also been a contributing editor to various magazines, such as Margins, and On The Issues, and taught at Brooklyn College for four years.

She was a participant in a round-table discussion, "Please Use Other Door: Literary Creativity and the Publishing Industry," with Cynthia Ozick, Hugh Nissenson, Gordon Lish, Elizabeth Sifton and Robert Boyers, which was published in RSA Journal, #3 (March, 1992).

She graduated from Brooklyn College and received a doctorate in English literature in 1970 from New York University.

A critical essay on her work can be found in the Dictionary of Literary Biographies, Volume 28: Jewish Fiction Writers. A list of her published work and/or extended resume is available upon request.
Photo by Audrey Gottlieb


1970: Ph.D. in English Literature, New York University
1956: Masters in English Literature, New York University
1952 B.A., Brooklyn College


Seven works of fiction, two collections of essays, a prose-poem, a monograph on George Orwell. Stories, articles, reviews, and interviews that have appeared in quarterlies, journals, and anthologies, such as Epoch, Western Humanities Review, Confrontation, Works, Bearing Witness To The Holocaust, ed. by Alan Berger, 1991; The Woman Who Lost Her Names: Selected Writings by American Jewish Women, 1980, ed. by Julia Wolf Mazow;Ball State University Forum, The Enduring Legacy: Biblical Dimensions in Modern Literature , 1975, ed. by Douglas Brown; The Best American Short Stories of 1972, Sou'Wester, Pulpsmith, American Book Review, Response,The Writers' Digest Anthology, 1976; articles on John Cheever and Cynthia Ozick in Encylopedia of World Literature. (Full list of publications sent on request.)

Work in Translation:

1995: La Hoya in Italian (Palomar Publications) 1996
1996: "Children of God" (short story) in Figlie di Sarah, ed. Mario Materassi (Passigli Editori),
1998: Stephen's Passion in Italian (Palomar Publications)

Publisher and Editor:

1975-present: Founded Micah Publications, published 34 books to date; the source for Jewish Vegetarian Books and publisher of Echad, five literary anthologies of Jewish writing from around the world (cataologue sent on request).
1988-1992: contributing editor to On the Issues
1974-1977: contributing editor to Margins, A Review of Little Mags and Small Press Books
1973-1974: editor on Branching Out, Canada's first feminist magazine, Edmonton, Alberta


1976-1977, Salem State College, part-time, Department of English
1972-1973, Hillel Day School, Swampscott, MA
1962-1963, Brooklyn College, School of General Studies, Department of English
1956-1959, Brooklyn college, School of General Studies, Department of English
1952-1953, University of Connecticut, part-time instructor, Department of English

Lecturer and Speaker:

1998: Ortese Endowment Lecture, University of Florence, Nov. 25, 1998 ("The Book: Its Enemies and Lovers")
Palomar Publisher's Bookstore, Bari, Italy: Discussion of Stephen's Passion
University of Salerno: Invited talk on the works of Roberta Kalechofsky
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington ("Vegetarianism and Kashrut")
1996: University of Florence, Department of American Literature
1992: Round table discussion on literary creativity and publishing with Robert Boyers, Gordon Lish, Hugh Nissenson, Cynthia Ozick, Elizabeth Sifton, and Mario Materassi,published in RSA Journal 3/1992
1985-present: Vegetarian conferences
1975-present: Readings from fiction and poetry
1991: International Vegetarian Congress, Israel
1990: Society for Ethics and Animals, American Philosophical Institute, Boston, MA
1988: Holocaust Scholars' Conference, Anne Frank Institute, Philadelphia
1983: Association of Jewish Studies, Boston, MA
1982: Lectures at Bar Ilan Univesity, Tel Aviv University, Institute for Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew Univresity
1976-1977: Eight lectures on selected novels, Jewish Community Center, Marblehead, MA
1976: Guest writer and speaker at Creative Writing program, Roger Williams College, Rhode Island
1976: WGBH-TV program on Small Press Publishing


1987: Literary Fellowship in Fiction, Massachusetts Council on the Arts
1982: Honorary Membership in Israel Bibliopile Society
1982: Literary Fellowship in Creative Writing, National Endowment for the Arts
Publishing Grant from Massachusetts Council on the Arts
1980: Grant from National Endowment for the Arts in small Press Publishing
Finalist in Massachusetts Council on the Arts Fellowship in Fiction
1977: Finalist in Massachusetts Council on the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.
Cited for Distinctive Writing in Best American Short Stories of 1977.
Grant from National Endowment for the Arts in Small Press Publishing.
1976: Cited for Distinctive Writing in Best American Short Stories of 1976
1972: Included in Best American Short Stories of 1972

Professional Organizations:

The Authors' Guild
National Writers' Union (charter member)
Israel Bibliophile Society
Culinary Guild of New England
Association of Jewish Book Publishers

Non-Professional Organizations:

Anti-Slavery Society
Amnesty International
Jewish Vegetarians of North America
Jews for Animal Rights (founder, 1985)
Culture and Animals Foundation
International Jewish Vegetarian Society
North American Vegetarian Society

Voluntary Work:

Committee on Soviet Jewry
Committee on Ethiopian Jewry
1971-1973: Headstart program, Lynn, MA
1970-1978: Israel Bonds
1970-1978: Jewish Federation in Marblehead, MA

Articles About Roberta Kalechofsky:

The Jewish Monthly, Penny Kaganoff, "An Independent Woman of Words," 1988
Dictionary of Literary Biographies, "American Jewish Writers," vol 28, ed. by Daniel Walden, 1984.
Judaica Book News, "The Evolution of An Independent Publisher," 1983
Christian Science Monitor, Aug. 17, 1976
Gale's Encyclopedia of Contemporary Authors
Coda's Directory of Fiction Writers
International Who's Who Directory of Writers
International Drectory of Independent Scholars
The Washington Post, Aug. 30, 1976
The Lynn Item, Nov. 7, 1975


Traveled widely throughout Western Europe, Poland, Mexico, Israel and the United Kingdom;
Lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1973-1974;
Lived in Jerusalem, January, 1982-May, 1982.