After he escaped academia to write full-time, Lev Raphael reviewed extensively for over a decade for the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Radio, The Washington Post, Jerusalem Report, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Forward, Boston Review, and Lambda Book Report. He now reviews books at The Huffington Post along with writing blogs about travel, art, and movies. A seasoned reader of his own work, with a background in theater, he loves the performance aspect of touring, as well as meeting people he’d never meet back home. And the sightseeing. And the foreign foods. For photos from some of his German book tours, go to

He is now a visiting assistant professor of creative writing at Michigan State University.