Gwen Strauss is based in Southern France where she is the Director of the Dora Maar House, an artist residency program. Her most recent book The Hiding Game, a Middle Grade Reader about artists hiding in Marseille in 1940, won a 2017 Parent’s Choice Award. Her poetry book Trail of Stones, with illustrations by Anthony Browne, is widely anthologized and was recently turned into a theatrical performance. The Night Shimmy, a children's book with the same illustrator was translated into six languages. Ruth and the Green Book received wide recognition including the ALA 2011 Most Notable Middle Grade Reader, Honor book for the Jane Adam's Peace Prize, and this year was named “one of ten books all Georgians should read” by the Georgia Advisory Book Council. Her writing has appeared in numerous literary magazine and outlets including: Catamaran, The New Republic, New England Review, Kenyon Review, London Sunday Times and Antioch Review.