About Rivvy Neshama
Rivvy Neshama is a writer, editor, and community organizer whose spiritual path draws from many sources: Eastern and Western religions, Native traditions, Sufis and shamans, and her mom. Along the way, she earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and master’s degrees in comparative literature (UC Berkeley), social work (Hunter College), and education (Bank Street College).
Despite her aversion to change, Rivvy has been a teacher and social worker in Harlem, a college instructor in Queens, a campaign manager in Boulder, and a Tarot card reader at Macy’s on Halloween. She was the founding development director of Colorado’s Intercambio – Uniting Communities. And as a co-founder and first director of Transportation Alternatives, the advocacy group for bicycling, walking, and public transit in New York City, she was profiled in Ms. magazine.
A lifelong writer, Rivvy was first published in Story Magazine’s best college writing anthology, and has since written for many national publications, including Ms., Glamour, Spirituality & Health, and The New York Times. She is the author of the children’s book Nat Turner and the Virginia Slave Revolt.
Born in Philadelphia and a longtime New Yorker, Rivvy now lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband, British author John Wilcockson.