Leah Vincent is the author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood and is the co-author of Legends of the Talmud, a collection of illustrated children’s stories. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, Unpious, ZEEK, the Daily Beast and the Jewish Daily Forward. Leah was a Pforzheimer Fellow at Harvard University, where she earned a master’s degree in public policy. She has organized a number of radical initiatives to address issues of reform in the ultra-Orthodox community, including a multi-denominational discussion panel, the first summit between ex-ultra-Orthodox activists and ultra-Orthodox leaders, and a Footsteps-based program to aid parents leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. Leah co-produced the nationally-profiled It Gets Besser Project. She has been named to the Jewish Week’s 36 Under 36 and the Jewish Daily Forward’s Forward 50. In 2015, Leah taught a course on female sexuality in Judaism as the Marvin & Edward Kaplan Lecturer in Jewish Studies at City College. She lives with her family in New York City.
“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