Books By Women, “Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life

Houston Chronicle, “Not quite straight: My life, my love

Houston Chronicle, “The Supreme Court, the law, and my same-sex marriage

Tikkun Magazine, “Praying With The Other” weaving together the immigrant and Jewish experience.

Moment Magazine, “Is Religion Good for Women? A Symposium.”

EquallyWed, “The Unveiling of a Lesbian in Love.”

Dame Magazine,  “I Was An Invisible Woman.”  Reposted to Hairpin, WIP, and as a Salon Magazine Sunday feature. ReTweeted by Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker.

Lilith Magazine, “Fabulous Hair!” and “One Woman’s Resumé.” Recipient Samuel Rockower Award in Jewish Journalism.


Haaretz: “‘Off the Path’ Memoirs of ex-Hasidic Jews Shine Light on Faigy Mayer’s World

Outsmart: “Author Leah Lax: A Jewish Lesbian ‘Uncovered’ “Beyond Belief Interviews Leah Lax.” “THE CHASSIDIC WRITER: A Lesbian Mother of Seven.”

Excerpts from Uncovered:

Intellectual Refuge, “Deep Dark Blue.”

Survivor’s Review, “Hassidic Love Story.”

Lilith Magazine,  “With This Wedding, I Leave Myself Behind.”

Fiction:, “Munya’s Story.”


  • “This Captain of Trains” – short story, in Seven Hills Review, vol. 15, 2010. CONTEST WINNER.
  • “Hava’s Birth” – short story, Hampton Shorts, 2003.
  • “Berkeh’s Story” – short story, CONTEST WINNER, Moment Magazine, 2001.


  • memoir excerpt, “Because I am Weak. Because I am Alive,” in Poetry City USA, anthology, Vol. 4, Lowbrow Press, April, 2014.
  • memoir excerpt, “Water of Sleep,” FINALIST: JOHN GUYON PRIZE, CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW. Publication Winter/Spring issue, 2014.
  • memoir excerpt in Double Dealer, January, 2014. Manuscript FINALIST: WILLIAM FAULKER PRIZE, New Orleans.
  • print symposium participant, Moment Magazine, September, 2013.
  • memoir excerpt in Beyond Belief: women who lived with extreme religion, anthology, Seal Press, 2013. Washington Post 2013 Notable Non-Fiction.
  • essay commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance, November, 2012.
  • memoir excerpt, “Deep Dark Blue,” in Intellectual Refuge, September, 2012. on-line journal
  • memoir excerpt, lead essay in Keep Your Wives Away From Them: Orthodox women, unorthodox desires, anthology, Random House, 2010. GOLDEN CROWN LITERARY AWARD best anthology, 2011.
  • memoir excerpt, “A Hassidic Love Story,” in Survivors’ Review, August, 2010. on-line journal
  • personal essay, “A Renewed Mikvah” in Women and Judaism, anthology, 2009. FINALIST: NEW MEXICO BOOK AWARD.
  • memoir excerpt, “With This Ring…” Lilith Magazine, 2007.
  • “Praying with the Other,” essay in Tikkun Magazine, September/October issue, 2007.
  • prose poem, “Rocking Horse Reverie,” Texas Review, Fall, 2004.
  • “Mystics, Mavericks and Merrymakers” book review, Moment Magazine, summer, 2004.
  • book, “The Mikvah Project,” 2000—a collection of quotes coupled with faceless portraits of woman confiding their experiences with the Jewish ritual bath. Photography by Janice Rubin

I use interviews and glean candid, wry, moving, startling, revealing comments that capture the character. I excerpt and build with these comments, often pairing them with photography, into the final product.Projects that are based on this interview technique:

2013: “Houston In Concert Against Hate”

“Houston In Concert Against Hate”, a staged production I designed and wrote for the Houston Symphony honoring Houston heroes in civil rights and featuring Hollywood actress Audre Woodard and rapper Bun B. The 3000-seat sold-out show in Jones Hall was produced by the Anti-Defamation League.


The show included photography by Talya Arbisser.