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Penelope Weiss

Penelope Weiss Penelope Weiss was born in 1942 and grew up in New York City. The elder daughter of two New Yorkers whose families came to America from the shtetls of eastern Europe, Storianashe began writing poems and stories when she was a teenager.

Penelope is also a photographer. In her work she focuses on the painterly aspects of the natural world, as well as on the beauty of people's faces. Her photos have been shown at the Atlantic Gallery and at the NYU Small Works Show in New York, and are in a number of private collections in North America and Europe. Recently she collaborated with poet Lynn Strongin on Barn Falling Down, published by Last Heron Press, Victoria, B.C., Canada. Her photos have also been the cover art of several books by Lynn Strongin, including Spectral Freedom, published by Casa de Snapdragon Publishing in 2009.

Penelope began her editorial career at Doubleday, where she studied editing under some of the best editors in the book publishing field. She later became an editor at Grove Press, where, among other books, she edited James Van Der Zee, a book by Reginald McGhee about an African-American photographer who was active in the first half of the 20th century. She then went on to freelance for many book publishers; among other books, she edited Timothy Leary's Jail Notes. She is now retired, but intends to continue writing and taking photos.

She lives with her husband, John, in Connecticut and Vermont.