Helen Benedict is an award-winning novelist and writer of nonfiction. Her sixth and newest novel, Sand Queen, is to be published by Soho Press in August, 2011. The novel tells the story of a young female soldier and an Iraqi woman caught up in the Iraq War.
Publisher’s Weekly called Sand Queen “a thrilling and thoughtful new novel.” Booklist said, “Funny, shocking, painful, and, at times, deeply disturbing, Sand Queen takes readers beyond the news and onto the battlefield."
A professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Benedict is also the author of The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving Iraq (2009/10), and a play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, which was performed in New York City in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, The Lonely Soldier inspired a class action suit against the Pentagon on behalf of military women and men who have been sexually assaulted while serving.
Her previous novels include The Edge of Eden, The Sailor’s Wife and Bad Angel.
Benedict’s books and articles have won the 2010 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the 2010 Ken Book Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the 2007 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She has testified to Congress twice on behalf of women soldiers and has spoken on the subject at conferences, campuses and other public venues all around the country.
Benedict has been a newspaper feature writer in London and California, has written for magazines including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Ms., The Huffington Post, In These Times, On The Issues, Poets & Writers, Women's Review of Books, and is widely anthologized. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Virginia Center of the Arts, Ragdale, and the Freedom Forum.