Writer and photographer Sylvia Sukop grew up in rural Pennsylvania and lived in Boston and New York City before settling in Los Angeles, where she currently works as editorial director at Art Center College of Design. She is a member and lay leader of the Reform synagogue Beth Chayim Chadashim and a longtime volunteer for the Posse Foundation. Her personal essay, “Pioneers on the frontier of faith: How a handful of audacious Angelenos sparked the movement for LGBT inclusion in mainstream religion that led to a nationwide civil rights sea change,” was published in the anthology LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas (Heyday, 2015). She has a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a master’s through a joint program of New York University and the International Center of Photography, and her awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, Lambda Literary Fellowship, and PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship. She is honored to be part of NewGround and is interested in opportunities for literary and artistic collaboration to strengthen bonds within and among communities.