Fred Skolnik was born in New York City and has lived in Israel since 1963. He is best known as the editor in chief of the 22-volume second edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, winner of the 2007 Dartmouth Medal. He is also the author of The Other Shore (Aqueous Books, 2011), an epic novel depicting Israeli society at a critical juncture in its recent history. His second novel, Death, was published by Spuyten Duyvil in 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in around 200 journals, including TriQuarterly, Gargoyle, The MacGuffin, Los Angeles Review, Prism Review, Words & Images, Literary House Review, Montréal Review, Underground Voices, Third Coast, Word Riot, The Recusant, and Polluto. A selection of his stories has just been published by Fomite Press. His poetry has appeared in Word Riot, Oak Bend Review, Free Verse, Boston Literary Review and Hacksaw. Under his Fred Russell pen name, he also published two novels in 2014: Rafi’s World (Fomite) and The Links in the Chain (CCLaP) and will shortly have a collection called Aerial Views: 3 Sci-Fi Satires published by the Wapshott Press (Storylandia 23).
His latest novel, A Woman of Valor is published by Addison & Highsmith.