Louise Steinman is co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. For the past nineteen years, as cultural programs director for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, she has curated the award-winning ALOUD series at the historic downtown Central Library. She is the author of three books: The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father’s War, was awarded the Gold Medal in Autobiography from ForeWord Magazine—and has been the selection of several all-city and all-freshman reading programs;The Knowing Body: The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance, is based on her work as a creator of theater and a dance critic; The Crooked Mirror: My Conversation with Poland, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. Her essays and feature articles have appeared in many publications, including The Los Angeles Times Magazineand the New York Times Syndicate. She has been a writer-in-residence at Mesa Refuge, Ucross Foundation,Centrum, and Blue Mountain Center and is a contributing editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books.