Grace Paley

Grace Paley (1922–2007), born in the Bronx to a Jewish Ukranian family, was known for her realistic portraits of working-class New Yorkers and for her political activism, notably against nuclear proliferation and the Vietnam War. Paley received critical notice for her first story collection, The Little Disturbances of Man. Other works include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Later the Same Day, as well as three volumes of poetry. Her numerous awards include the Edith Wharton Award and the Jewish Cultural Achievement Award for Literary Arts. She once said, “I think I could have done more for peace if I’d written about the war, but I happen to love being in the streets.”