Taly Ravid is finishing her PhD at UCLA, where she specializes in contemporary American literature. She teaches a range of undergraduate literature courses at UCLA: Post-War American Fiction, New York in Literature and Film, The Sixties in America, Modern American Poetry, and The American Novel, among others. She has received numerous awards and fellowships throughout her time at UCLA, including a fellowship from the UCLA Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American and World Culture, as well as a fellowship in Modern Jewish Studies at the Skirball Cultural Center here in Los Angeles.
Born in Israel, but raised in Los Angeles, Taly worked as a development executive in the film industry for a number of years before her own creative aspirations led her to New York, where she founded a small writer’s collaborative (The Rooftop Writers) while earning an MA in Humanities and Social Thought at NYU’s prestigious Draper Program. During her time in New York, Taly began her career as a screenwriter, developing her own projects and at the same time working as a ghost-writer, editor, and development consultant for various A-list writers, directors, and actors.
Eventually, Taly felt the pull to return to Los Angeles, where she’s been working at the intersection of the film industry and academia, pursuing her graduate work at UCLA while simultaneously nurturing her own creative ambitions. Most recently, Taly penned a feature film called “No Ordinary Hero,” a family film about a deaf superhero’s friendship with a deaf boy. The film won several audience awards at festivals both domestically and internationally, and was released in 2015 by Gravitas Ventures on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and all the major cable networks.
Taly lives in Hollywood with her husband and their dog, Frankie. They are expecting their first child in April of 2016.