Meet Shira

Shira Nayman was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia, and has lived in Mexico, France, and Colombia. She now makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, and Highland Park, NJ.

Nayman has a B.Sc. from Monash University (Physiology, Psychology), an M.A. from Columbia University (English and Comparative Literature), a Psy.D. from Rutgers University (Clinical Psychology), and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in psychology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center in Westchester.

The recipient of three year-long grants from the Australia Council for the Arts Literary Board, Nayman also received the Cape Branch Award for Emerging Woman writer and a Hadassah Brandeis Institute grant for fiction writing.  She has taught psychology, creative writing, literature and narrative medicine at Barnard College, Rutgers University, and Columbia University.  She has given numerous invited addresses around the country at colleges and institutes (including the Westchester Institute for Human Rights, and the Hadassah Brandeis Institute), and also at JCC’s through the Jewish Book Council. She is also a regular author guest at book clubs in the New York area, as well as elsewhere via Skype.

Nayman has published fiction and non-fiction in a variety of literary journals and newspapers, including The Atlantic Monthly Magazine, The Georgia Review, The New England Review, Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought, Boulevard, Cousin Corinne’s, and Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose.

Nayman has also built a career as a strategic marketing consultant, working with Fortune 100 companies and national political campaigns to develop positioning strategy for major brands, product launches, and political candidates. You can find out more about Shira’s consulting work at Nayman continues to divide her working life between consulting and writing fiction.

Shira Nayman

Grants & Awards

Erikson Scholar, The Erikson Institute for Education and Research, Austen Riggs Center. (2020)

MacDowell Fellowship (2018-2019)

Hadassah Brandeis Institute New Book grant (2012)

Cape Branch Emerging Woman Writer Award -Barnard College at Columbia University (2011)

Australia Council for the Arts, Literature Board.  Year-long grant.  (2009-2011)

Australia Council for the Arts, Literature Board.  Year-long grant.  (2004-2005)

Australia Council for the Arts, Literature Board.  Year-long grant. (2001-2002)

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