Photo by Emma O'Connor

Photo by Emma O'Connor

Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, is the author of seven novels, five books of nonfiction, and a play. Her just-published novel Wolf Season was called "required reading" by Elissa Schappell and received a starred review in Library Journal, which wrote, “In a book that deserves the widest attention, Benedict ‘follows the war home,’ engaging readers with an insightful story right up until the gut-wrenching conclusion.” Benedict's previous novel, Sand Queen, was named a “Best Contemporary War Novel” by Publishers Weekly.

As a nonfiction writer, Benedict's coverage of sexual assault in the U.S. military inspired the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Invisible War and instigated a landmark lawsuit against the Pentagon on behalf of victims of military sexual assault. Benedict has published widely and spoken at Harvard University, TED Talks, West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the United Nations, among other campuses and organizations.

A recipient of the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, among other awards, Benedict is also recently the author of the book, The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women in Iraq, and a play, The Lonely Soldier Monologues