ROSALIND HELFAND works with nonprofits and government to create and implement innovative programs and policies, connect communities, inspire advocacy, and address complex local and global issues. She is adept at cross-cultural communication, multi-disciplinary endeavors, community engagement, organizational development, and planning for long term positive change. Rosalind works across multiple fields spanning human rights, arts and literature, education, and the environment.

News | October 2017

Chairing Environmental Justice Program for the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles

Environmental Justice

NCJWLA is known for its initiatives serving the community, particularly social justice for women, children, and families. Recognizing the disproportionate impact of environmental pollution and climate change on some communities over others in Southern California, which greatly impacts the health and safety of families, NCJWLA’s Advocacy Committee has resolved to support legislation protecting our environment and host its first Environmental Justice event in December.

I’m chairing the team organizing the Environmental Justice program. The program will be held December 7, 2017. More details will soon be announced. Learn more about NCJWLA HERE.

Literature for Life Issue 5 Launched — Signing on Educators to Teach Stories in 2017-18

Illustration by Jimi Martinez for "In Transit."

Illustration by Jimi Martinez for “In Transit.”

Literature for Life is thrilled to announce the launch of the fifth issue of our literary journal featuring original stories, essays, poems, and articles, as well as original artwork and curriculum for each piece! We are signing on middle and high school educators to teach Literature for Life material. We provide contemporary, mostly local literature of all genres, and opportunities to invite the writers and artists to speak with students in the classroom. If you’re interested in participating, email me at

Read Issue 5 and past issues HERE.

The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award for Short Science Fiction – Submissions Open October 2, 2017

Tomorrow Prize 2017

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. present The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award, two science fiction writing competitions designed to identify and nurture the up-and-coming science fiction writing talent of Los Angeles and worldwide. I am once again directing these competitions and submissions open Monday, October 2, 2017.

Science fiction is a uniquely inspiring medium that has enabled many of our great thinkers and scientists to imagine the heights and limits of human achievement, leading to important moral and ethical debate, long range planning for humanity, and scientific innovation. Writers are encouraged to explore scientific, social, technological, environmental, and philosophical themes in their writing and always, at the core, to master the art of great storytelling. Dramatic readings by celebrity guests and awards presentations for The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award 2018 will take place at LitFest Pasadena the weekend of May 19-20, 2018.

To learn more, submit work, or become a sponsor go HERE.