Jill Culiner, artist, photographer, writer and speaker, has been
itinerant for most of her life. Born in New York, raised in Toronto,
at the age of seventeen she left home to see the world and live in
New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Amsterdam or in small villages
in Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Germany. To survive, she has worked
as radio announcer, check out clerk, office worker, market seller,
B-girl, newspaper girl, translator, fortune teller, belly dancer, bar
dancer, model, actress and film extra. She has also crossed much
of Europe on foot.
Her artistic work has been shown in museums, cultural centres
and galleries in Europe and Canada. Her literary career began at
Radio France where she wrote and broadcast her own travel stories.
Her first book, a photographic work with a text written by Gilbert
Lascault, San S’abolir Pourtant, was published in Paris by l’Echoppe
in 1991. A first novel, Felicity’s Power, was pulped in 2001 when
the Australian publisher went out of business. Her next work, Finding
Home in the Footsteps of the Jewish Fusgeyers, published in 2004
by Sumach Press, Toronto won the Tannenbaum Prize in Canadian
Jewish History and was shortlisted for the ForeWord magazine prize
in the essay category.
In 2007, Slanderous Tongue, a mystery set in provincial France
was also published by Sumach.
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