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Jyl Lynn Felman


Jyl Lynn Felman is an award-winning writer, cultural activist, and performance artist whose work has appeared in over twenty newspapers, literary journals, and anthologies. She has been featured on radio, including BBC and NPR. Her short story collection Hot Chicken Wings (Aunt Lute Books, 1995) was a Lambda Literary finalist. Felman has authored two other books, Never a Dull Moment: Teaching and the Art of Performance and Cravings. She also contributed to the book Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female, a collaboration of accounts from other renowned women artists such as Maya Angelou, J.K. Rowling, and Joyce Carol Oates. Her one-act play Voices was selected for the reading series at the 2nd Annual International Women Playwrights Festival in Toronto and produced by the Evergreen Theater Festival. She is an attorney, a professor at Commonwealth Honor College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and lectures widely on racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia.


To learn more about Jyl and her work, visit her website.


Hot Chicken Wings

By Jyl Lynn Felman

Bold, funny and on the edge, Hot Chicken Wings is Jewish and lesbian to the core. Jyl Lynn Felman breaks new ground in eleven highly crafted stories about family secrets, anti-Semitism, and sacred lesbian myths. 


With her sharp-eyed sensibility and spare, distinctive prose, the work of Jyl Lynn Felman is always revealing as she tracks the forbidden edges of being Jewish, female, lesbian at the end of the twentieth century.

—Adrienne Rich


[She] confronts race and ethnicity with a badly needed authenticity. Her bold, passionate style is well-suited for an uncanny willingness to explore core issues affecting us as people as well as individuals.

—Sabrina Sojourner, Congresswoman, activist,

author of Psychic Scars and Other Mad Thoughts


Jyl Lynn Felman is a fearless and original writer, whose  fiction breaks new boundaries and forms new links between writer and audience. Hot Chicken Wings attests to the power and sweep of her artistic vision.

—Lev Raphael

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