Leah Vincent is the author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood and the co-author of Legends of the Talmud, a collection of illustrated children’s stories. They have lectured on sexual assault, trauma, and Judaism at colleges, organizations, and synagogues across the country. Their essays have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Cut, the Daily Beast, Mask Magazine, the Forward, and the Rumpus. The first member of their family to go to college, Leah was a Pforzheimer Fellow at Harvard, where they earned a master’s degree in public policy and trained in Adaptive Leadership. Named to the Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 and the Jewish Daily Forward’s Forward 50, they have organized numerous initiatives advocating for reform in the ultra-Orthodox community, including co-producing the nationally-profiled It Gets Besser Project. Leah is currently at work on a book about healing from trauma. They live in Brooklyn with their partner and collaborator, Ben Blum.
“To know Vincent is to love her, to ache with her, to kick up your feet and let down your hair with her.”—Koren Zailckas, bestselling author of Smashed and Mother, Mother
“Vincent’s voice is as lyrical as it brave, as hopeful as it is honest.”—Christa Parravani, author of Her
“Vincent’s writing brims with tension, insight, and longing.”—Margaux Fragoso, author of Tiger, Tiger
“Gutsy, smart, and incredibly difficult to put down, Cut Me Loose chronicles Leah Vincent’s perilous and poignant search for identity.” —Wendy Lawless, author of Chanel Bonfire
“Leah Vincent shares a harrowing journey that will speak to all children fleeing intolerance, who struggle to be seen and accepted on their own terms.” —Julie Metz, bestselling author of Perfection