Helen Benedict

author, Sand Queen


Helen Benedict, a professor at Columbia University, has published six novels, five nonfiction books and a play. Her latest novel, Sand Queen, was called one of the best new novels about war by NPR and Publisher’s Weekly, while the Boston Globe called it “The Things They Carried for women in Iraq.” Since breaking the story of sexual assault in the military with her nonfiction book, The Lonely Soldier, Benedict has won The Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism, The Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, The Ken Book Award and The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She was named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st. Century” by Women’s eNews and a Visionary in Residence by Dartmouth College. Her

work inspired the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Invisible War and she has been interviewed, quoted or profiled by The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, C-Span, CBC, BBC and some 40 or so other radio and television stations all over the world. Her play about women soldiers, The Lonely Soldier Monologues, has been performed in New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, the United Kingdom, and St. Paul, MN.