Adina Talve-Goodman was born on December 12th, 1986. She was raised in St. Louis by her wonderful parents, Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Rabbi Susan A. Talve, along with her sister, Sarika Stone Talve-Goodman and her brother, Jacob Talve-Goodman. She attended Clayton High School and Washington University, where she studied performance studies, as well as women, gender, and sexuality studies. She became a well-known actress in the local theater scene, a Star Clown in an Italian clown school, played King Lear at the London Globe, and started seriously pursuing creative writing. During this time, at 19 years old, Adina received a heart transplant, due to a congenital heart condition, and began writing about it. After moving to Brooklyn in 2010, she joined the staff of the celebrated literary magazine One Story, and over the next six years Adina poured her energy and enthusiasm into advocating for emerging writers, becoming a much-beloved member of the New York literary community. In 2015, she won the Bellevue Literary Review’s Non-Fiction Prize with her essay, “I Must Have Been That Man,” and in 2016 she began her MFA at the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program. She was working on her first book when she was diagnosed with cancer. Adina passed away on January 12th, 2018.
Adina’s collection of essays, Your Hearts, Your Scars, was published by Bellevue Literary Press in January 2023. To read it is to hear her voice. We were so lucky to know her.