Marcia R. Rudin earned a joint MA in Religion from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and taught comparative religion at William Paterson University. She worked in the cult-education field for 30 years. A resident in screenwriting at the MacDowell Colony of the Arts, eight of her plays have received thirteen 13 in theaters and festivals in various states. One of her plays won the Naples (FL) Players Naples Players 2006 ETC New Play Contest, and several have received staged readings. She has published two novels, Hear My Voice and Flower Toward the Sun, and three non-fiction books. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in such publications as The New York Times; ReformJudaism.org, The New York Daily News; and The Congressional Quarterly Researcher.